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Reduce / Reuse / Recycle


You are the most important person in the process of waste minimisation. By spending a small amount of time and thought on the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - you can make a big difference to the amount of waste that goes into landfill. The 3Rs are simple principles that will help you to do a little and change a lot!

The first level of the waste hierarchy is reduce - if we don't produce as much waste in the first place, then we have less to deal with in the end. Here are some tips on how to reduce your waste:

  • Less package, more product: Choose to buy things that come in less packaging. For example, you can often buy fruit and vegetables without any wrapping at all. Also, buying in bulk cuts down on packaging - don't go for the individually-wrapped stuff - it's almost always more expensive.
  • Biodegradable packaging: Try to use biodegradable (paper) bags for fruit and veg instead of plastic ones - ask your local shop/supermarket to change their bags from plastic to paper - better for veg storage - reduces 'sweating' in plastic.
  • Take your own bag: When you go shopping, take your own bag - it's probably cooler than plastic bags, and it's less likely to develop a bad case of broken handles in the street and embarrass you!

Home composting is a great way to reduce waste. To find out how to go about composting at home, please click here.



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