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Reduce is the first level of the Waste Hierarchy. It means taking steps to lower the amount of waste that we produce. For example, you can take your own bags to the shops to reduce waste from plastic bags.

Waste that is not created in the first place does not need to be reused, recycled or disposed of, so preventing or reducing waste generation is the most efficient way to deal with our waste. The table below gives examples of waste reduction that you can easily take part in.

Visit the Home Composting section, which gives you helpful
hints and advice on how to produce your own compost.


Reducing your waste:
  • Saves the Earth’s natural resources.
  • Saves energy and reduces the risk of global warming.
  • Reduces the need for landfill.

You can find details of local and national outlets that offer products and services to help you reduce waste on the Sort It tool.


The table below gives examples of waste reduction that you can easily take part in. You can visit Sort It for more information on how you can reduce your waste locally.
 
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Visit Sort It for more information on how you can Reduce your waste locally.
Home Composting
Home Composting
Visit the Home Composting section to find out how to produce your own compost.

WHAT
HOW
WHY
Avoid over packaging Buy food loose Reduces packaging waste
  Buy concentrated products Uses less packaging
Compost at home Use a home composter or food digester Makes soil conditioner from garden and food waste
Use mechanical
power
Buy wind-up torches, radios and toys Reduces waste from batteries
Reduce unwanted mail Contact the Mailing Preference Service Reduces paper waste
Repair goods Repair clothes, shoes and household items Makes goods last longer instead of being thrown away
Use your own shopping bags Refuse unnecessary bags and use your own shopping bags Reduces waste from plastic bags
Use solar power Buy solar powered garden lights, calculators and torches Reduces waste from batteries
Use services Hire goods and buy gift experiences Reduces waste from gifts and occasional goods
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