Reducing your household waste

Reducing waste involves changing our everyday behaviour. It means thinking about our needs and the whole life cycle of a product before we buy something. Reducing waste can save money, conserve resources, save energy and water and reduce pollution.

  • Shop smartly. Avoid unnecessary packaging, select recycled-content packaging, buy only what you need, and take your own reusable bags with you.
  • When comparing products, think about replacement cost, life span, and the cost of parts and consumables as well as upfront cost.
  • Re-use and recycle at every opportunity. Sort waste and recyclables carefully. Non-recyclables such as plastic bags, coat hangers, cigarette butts or crockery can ruin an entire recycling collection.
  • Compost your food scraps or set up a worm farm.
  • Mulch prunings for re-use in your garden or use your local council ‘green bin’ organic waste collection service.
  • Look for ways to re-use, renovate or recycle household goods.
  • Give good quality, good condition unwanted items to a charity or local second-hand shop.
  • Hold a garage sale or advertise unwanted items using social media or community noticeboards.
  • Take advantage of local recycling initiatives for unusual items like electrical equipment or furniture.
  • Sort out and drop off unwanted household problem wastes at either your local Community Recycling Centre, or a Household Chemical CleanOut event.
  • Investigate ‘green cleaning’. Cleaning your home with fewer products and safer alternatives produces less waste and reduces the need for harmful chemicals.
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