Reducing your waste

Watch Your Waste cartoonReducing your waste is the first step in reducing the amount of rubbish you send to landfill. Reducing waste means preventing waste before it is created. 

You can reduce your waste by:

  • buying goods with minimum packaging such as loose vegetables, fruit and meat products rather than buying pre-packed.
  • buying local food from local shops! Your local butchers, stalls and shops tend to use less packaging on their products. This way you are also reducing pollution by reducing the miles that food has travelled to get to you
  • planning your meals in advance and writing a list so you know exactly what you need when you go shopping and don't buy extra. Remember don't go shopping when you are hungry it always makes you buy more than you need.
  • don't be caught out by 2 for 1 offers on items that go off easily. Only buy what you need.
  • taking a re-usable cloth bag when you go shopping or using the supermarket ‘bag for life’ schemes or reuse your carrier bags so you don't need to get new ones. SNUB (Say no to unwanted bags)
  • buying bigger boxes of the non-perishable foods that you eat lots of, like cereals and biscuits. You will reduce the number of boxes you throw away and save money.
  • avoiding using cling film and aluminium foil for storing food.  Instead put it in reusable boxes with lids, or a bowl with a plate over or reuse ice cream margarine tubs and other containers.
  • visiting the Love food hate waste website for hints on how best to use the food you have in your fridge or cupboards.
  • reducing the number of batteries you throw away by using either the mains electricity supply or buying rechargeable batteries.
  • signing up to the Mail Preference Service to stop junk mail.  This free service lets you remove your name from most mailing lists in the country. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form.
  • viewing things on screen instead of printing out documents from your computer. If you do print, set your printer to double sided and buy recycled paper.
  • supporting your local milk round. The returnable glass bottles will produce much less waste than plastic bottles or waxed cartons.
  • avoiding single use disposable products such as plastic cups and plates, cameras and nappies.
  • giving waste-free gifts such as tickets to the theatre or cinema, or a voucher for a massage or a lesson such as sky diving.

A picture of a blue-lid bin with the text When is my collection? alongside