How to Cut Your Household Waste in Half

Household waste

It’s time to get smart with your waste management and make recycling second nature! Recycling your household waste is not only good for the environment but it can also save you money.

The EU has set a target for countries to recycle half of their waste by 2020.  You might think that’s a tall order but Sweden has such a great recycling system that only 1% of its rubbish goes to landfill – it’s so efficient in fact that the Swedes now import waste from other EU member states to keep its recycling plants busy! We can learn from them and get smart when it comes to waste management:

1. Recycle

This is an essential step in reducing your household waste. Glass, paper, plastic and metal are easy to transport to your local bring bank. Make a weekly visit part of your schedule, this way; the chore won’t seem such a big deal!

 

2. Compost

An excellent waste management solution, most kitchen scraps make terrific compost material. The green waste produced from composting is great for gardeners and organic farmers; if you don’t have use for it currently, why not consider starting your own herb garden ?

 

3. Filtering

We’re all guilty of valuing convenience, and pick up so many disposable water bottles on the go, but by filtering your water - you’ll cut down on using plastic bottles. Install a water-treatment system, or use water jugs with replaceable, recyclable filters.

 

4. Repurpose

It's great to downsize, but is your excess really rubbish? Try to give your belongings a new lease of life by donating unwanted clothes to clothing banks. If you’re moving house and doing a clear out of your belongings, why not allow others to benefit by giving them to charity. Your trash may be someone else's treasure...

 

5. Cut down on packaging

This is key to good waste management. Purchasing loose fruit and veg goes a long way to cutting your waste disposal. When shopping at your local butcher or fishmonger, bring your own containers from home!

 

6. Carrier bags

The use of plastic bags has dropped by a whopping 90%, following the Governmental levy; you can easily take this one step further by switching to cloth or burlap bags.

 

7. Batteries

Rechargeable battery technology has hugely improved. Use them, and you'll cut out more unnecessary packaging.  Under EU law, all retail outlets that sell batteries are now obliged to take back old batteries of similar type, so you don’t have to worry about correctly disposing of them.

 

8. Door drops

A friendly ‘no junk mail’ note on your door or letterbox will cut down the amount of unwanted flyers/freesheets you have to recycle.

 

9. Switch to paperless billing

Many companies such as banks, energy companies and mobile phone operators now give you the option to receive your bills/transaction history through email. You can check your bill or statements online - this will not only reduce your paper footprint, but it might save you money, too.

 

Why not try some of our tips and see the impact they have on both your rubbish and your pocket?

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