Waste reduction for beginners

If you’ve made the decision to reduce your waste by reusing, recycling and composting as much as you can, where do you start?

Here are our top ten tips for reducing household waste!

1- Find out what recyclable materials can be collected from your kerbside and make it your goal to recycle as much as you can. Check out the Recycle Now website to find details or contact your local council.

2- Find out where your local recycling facilities are and see if you could start taking some things there when you are out and about.

3- Stop taking new disposable carrier bags from the shops. Either reuse your own or buy  recycled reusable shopping bags.

Learn more about the devastating effects disposable plastic carrier bags can have on the environment with this ‘reduce carrier bags‘ article.

4- Stop junk mail coming into your home with the Junkbuster website.

Discover how much junk mail comes through your door every year with this ‘junk mail‘ article.

5- Set up a recycling centre in your home. Use old boxes, crates or bags in a place that is convenient for you to store things.

Find out more about a recycling centre with this blog post ‘no rest for the wicked‘.

6- Check this freecycle, SnaffleUp, eBay and Ooffoo if you have items in your home or garage that you no longer want. If you’ve got books to get rid of then try Amazon or Green metrolopolis.

7- Carefully open, store and reuse any envelopes or packaging that comes into your home.

8- Buy loose fruit and vegetables from the shop. Why not check out your local farmers market or sign up for a vegetable box scheme?

Read more on our ‘how to reduce plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables‘.

9- Start a compost heap! By doing this you will divert valuable food waste from the landfill and get some rich food for your soil.

Find out how to deal with slimy compost and how to keep fruit flies out of your compost.

10- Switch to paperless billing. This will reduce your paper footprint and might save you money too!

Find out how much paper your household produces with this article ‘how to cut your paper footprint.’

Already doing all these things? Check out our article for ‘intermediate recyclers‘ and find out what else you can do to reduce your landfill waste!