With the focus on renewable products, our carbon footprint and reducing single-use plastic, there has never been a better time to take a look at ways we can reduce our waste, recycle more and help save the planet for future generations in the process.
I recycle as much as I can and I hate how much waste there is when it comes to things like packaging, it’s a real bugbear, especially when some packaging can’t be recycled. I feel guilty thinking it’s going to landfill, there’s only so long we will be able to bury our rubbish before we have to adopt better and friendlier ways of reusing and recycling these items. Or even better, doing away with them all together!
So without further ado, below are a few tips you can implement to help reduce your waste. I have been using these tips recently and it makes me happy to know I’m doing my bit to recycle and reduce waste.
Stop using carrier bags
Since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag tax, plastic bag use has dropped dramatically but with a high percentage of plastic bags accounting for plastic pollution in the ocean, we need to continue the fight against single-use plastic. If you find yourself buying plastic bags to carry your shopping home why not consider replacing them with a canvas shopper bag which can be used time and time again, they can even be recycled when they have come to the end of their life.
Rehome and repurpose unwanted items
If your house is feeling cluttered and it’s time to have a clear out then rather than sending everything to landfill why not try to ruse items for other purposes, turn old wellies into planters etc. If you really don’t have any other use for the items you could try selling them on to someone who will use them or donate them to a good cause or charity shop who can resell the items and use the money to continue their charitable work.
Always use a reputable company to remove your rubbish
If you have repurposed, donated and upcycled as many items as you can but you still find yourself in need of a company to remove unwanted items or rubbish from your home it’s really important that you choose a reputable company that holds a waste license. You might notice a lot of adverts on Facebook offering this service but most of these people will not hold a valid waste license and if they dump your rubbish down a country lane you could find yourself in trouble and with a hefty fine. There are companies out there who offer a man and a van type removal services at reasonable rates. Clearabee is a rubbish removal company with a brilliant ethos, they divert over 90% of your rubbish away from landfill to be recycled.
Get your kids on board
If you have children why not get them involved in the recycling process and explain to them why it’s important that we recycle and reuse products rather than put them in the bin where they will go to landfill. A lot of children are being taught about the importance of recycling and the issue of single-use plastic in school so it’s a great opportunity to expand on that. Afterall, they are the next generation and will have to live on the planet we leave them so it’s important we act now and they continue improving recycling habits for generations to come.
I hope you found the above tips useful if you have any tips I would love to hear them. I really do think if we all make small changes we can make a difference and start combating waste and improving the planet for everyone.