Disposing of rubbish is becoming an increasing problem. Recycling waste is a great way to ease the pressure on our bulging landfill sites but reducing and reusing your rubbish saves money and stops waste going to landfill.
Reduce your packaging
As consumers, we all have a big influence in what retailers will offer us. This means that if enough people choose products with the least amount of packaging, retailers will start providing products with only the essential packaging.
Re-use your own bags when you are shopping, buy products loose with no packaging and try a local green grocer, farm shop or butcher.
Reduce food waste
Only buy food that is going to get eaten. This may sound obvious but as much as 20% of the food bought is thrown away without even being opened. If you reduce this to zero then it is estimated that you’ll save around £425 a year.
Reduce junk mail
You can stop junk mail turning up on your door step by registering with the Mailing Preference Service who will delete your details from the mailing list of companies, reducing the demand for paper at the source.
For unaddressed mail you can opt out of deliveries by e-mailing email@example.com
Around 8 million nappies need to be disposed of every day in the UK. Nappies sit in a landfill site for an estimated 500 years. You can use washable cotton nappies to not only save hundreds of pounds but also space in your bin and landfill sites.
It costs taxpayers across Nottinghamshire about £100 to dispose of every tonne of rubbish which ends up at landfill. It is thought that before a child is potty trained, they use nearly 6,000 nappies - weighing in at a hefty one tonne a time.
Low energy light bulbs save electricity and money and last about 8 times longer than normal light bulbs.
These can be recycled at supermarkets and other shops and recycling centres. They can also be refilled and used again. More advice is available on the Recycle Now website
It may be possible to use some items again rather than throwing them away:
Clothes, furniture, toys and books
Charity shops are always grateful to receive unwanted clothes, books, toys and brick-a-brac. Hospitals too are often grateful for donations of good quality toys.
See if there is anywhere that sells second hand books or even furniture rather than buying new every time (and take any old items back to get reused again)
If one of your household appliances breaks down, see if it can be fixed rather than throwing it in the bin straight away and buying a new one.
There are a number of local charities and organisations that may be interested in your second hand furniture and appliances if they are in good condition. Some of these are:
Paper and card
Use scraps of paper as telephone message paper and when using the computer, print on both sides of the paper.
Composting at home is a great way to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill. Everything from torn up cardboard to fruit and vegetable peelings, and grass cuttings to the contents of your vacuum cleaner, can all go in to help create a nutrient rich compost for your garden.