“Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” is a well-known slogan throughout the UK. But what does it really mean? Well, aside from making more environmentally friendly choices, it all starts with how you manage your waste at home.
Everything from reducing the amount of food you buy down to donating your unwanted items to a charity shop are all steps towards greener living. Whether you need to up your recycling game or need to hire in the professionals to keep your rubbish in check, here are 5 ways to manage your waste:
Going Green – Start by reducing
One of the simplest ways to go green is to reduce the number of materials and resources you use. Whether that’s cutting down your time in the shower or buying less at the supermarket, there are many minor tweaks you can do to change your impact on the environment for the better.
You may want to consider:
- Planning your weekly meals so that you only buy the food you need and produce less waste as a result
- Only replace items if they are unusable or beyond repair
- Try and repair an item where possible – the most common throwaway culprits are usually clothes and electronics!
- Avoid buying single-use items such as plastic cups, drinks and straws
Beyond these simple changes, you can refuse to buy excessively packaged items such as fruit, chocolate boxes, and more. You can reduce your carbon footprint further by leaving the car at home and taking a stroll to your local amenities and shops instead.
Going Green – Reuse before recycling!
Most of us will skip straight to the recycling part of waste management before considering if your items can be reused. However, if your items are still in perfectly usable condition, don’t throw them away. Instead, find a new purpose or home for your items!
You may want to consider:
- Donating your items to a local charity shop so that you not only rehome your items but raise money for a good cause in the process
- Try and sell your unwanted items on Facebook marketplace, Gumtree, eBay or advertise in your local directories
- Have an unwanted collectable or antique? Get in touch with your local antique dealers to see if the item has a worthwhile resale value
- Hold a yard sale from your driveway or book a pitch at a car boot
- Give it away to a friend in need or advertise the item for free via Gumtree, Freecycle or your local directories
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not look into upcycling your unwanted items? It’s incredible how you can transform junk into eye-catching pieces with a bit of T.L.C. You might even be able to sell your upcycled items and turn a profit!
Going Green – Recycling
Recycling is one of the most obvious ways to manage your waste. By recycling your unwanted items, they can be broken down and made into something new from the leftover materials. It’s like the circle of life for sustainable living!
But, recycling still comes at a cost to the environment through time and energy used alone. So it should be your last port of call for disposing of your unwanted items where possible.
To keep your unwanted junk out of the landfill, consider recycling:
- Plastics: food cartons, drinks bottles and more can all be melted down and made into recycled plastic
- Textiles: all your poor condition and unusable clothing, shoes, bedding and more
- Electricals: everything from plastic casing to small metal components can be made into something new. Before recycling your mobile phone, check with your local mobile phone dealer to see if they offer a trade-in or recycling scheme
- Waste paper: turned into pulp and reprocessed into new, usable paper
- Cardboard: just like waste paper, cardboard can be repurposed
- Glass: bottles, jars and more can all be melted down and turned into new glass items
Going Green – Consider hiring a local rubbish removals company
Many of us will put off having a big clearout until we absolutely have no other option. From sifting through years worth of junk to sitting in line for hours at your local recycling centre are more than enough reasons to put off the inevitable.
However, you can take the stress out of managing your waste by hiring a local rubbish removals company to do the bulk of the work for you. Whether you need a complete house clearance or want a regular rubbish collection straight from your front door, your local team will do all the heavy lifting for you.
From recycling your items to responsible disposal, they will endeavour to take care of your rubbish in the most environmentally friendly ways possible. So no more time wasted in traffic and figuring out the best ways to dispose of your rubbish!
Going Green – Be waste savvy
Checking out your local authorities stance on waste disposal will help you get rid of your items in the most environmentally friendly ways possible.
Your local recycling facilities should make the bulk of your waste management simple – the basics can often be found in supermarket car parks, so you can get your weekly shop done and get rid of your waste in one go. Typically, you can recycle soft plastics, textiles and clothing, bottles, newspapers and magazines and more.
During seasonal periods, it’s worth checking out what your local area offers in terms of Christmas tree collection, card recycling and if any of your non-perishables can be donated to your nearest food bank.
But some bigger, bulkier items can be more challenging to get rid of. If you have tried selling, donating or upcycling already, then calling on your local rubbish removals team is your next best option (see above!)
However, tapping into your local recycling schemes is the best way to stay on top of your waste to do your bit for the planet—the more local your waste disposal, the less impact you will have on your carbon footprint.
Are you ready to go green? With a few small tweaks to your daily routines, you can have less of an impact on the environment and help the planet!