Only buy things you really need. Most of what we throw away could be used again.
Think twice before you put something in the bin. Try and cut down on the amount you
buy new and then throw away.
Re-Cycling can sometimes be confusing and it can be difficult to know whether you are following all the rules? Well the key phrase to remember is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...and to help you do that,here are some top tips...
Use containers again - buy food, drinks and toiletries in returnable containers and
ask local shops to stock them. Ask your school or workplace to provide reusable cups,
plates, cutlery etc.
Give away or sell
Charity and nearly new shops, jumble sales and community schemes are good places
to donate or sell second hand clothes, toys and furniture. It is also well worth
shopping at second hand outlets.
Repair or adapt
The best environmental choice is to repair, restore or adapt a product you already
have. You may need professional help but it could still be cheaper than something
new - half of electrical goods left at dumps work or require only very basic repairs
Cut down packaging
The amount of plastic packaging waste from UK households is about one million tonnes.
Buying fruit and vegetables loose could cut your waste drastically. Take a shopping
bag with you and try not to buy drinks in plastic bottles. Write to the companies
concerned asking them to change their policies.
Recycle things yourself, and buy recycled products. For information on household
waste disposal get in touch with your local authority for recycling schemes in your
area - and ask them to improve their recycling services. Why not start your own collection
scheme at work or school.