Published On: Tue, Jun 26th, 2018

Cutting Your Household Waste

Zero-waste is a buzzword right now. More and more of us are looking to reduce our waste at home when we are out and in our businesses. We’re trying to waste less water, food, money, plastics and pretty much everything else that you can think of. We’re looking to reuse as much as we can, recycle when we can’t and avoid anything that is harmful to the planet.

While it could be argued that it’s too little too late in terms of saving the planet and undoing the damage that we have already done. Wasting is never good. Statistics from ABC’s War on Waste show us that waste is a very real problem. These statistics show the extent of our waste problem, the damage that it’s doing and what a difference we could make if we wasted less. Let’s take a look at some areas you could help at home.

Cutting Your Household Waste

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Recycling

Recycling is an easy way to avoid waste, and there are plenty of ways that you can do it. The first thing that you should do is contact your local refuse centres and recycling plants to find out what you can recycle. This isn’t the same in every area, so don’t just assume. Then, you can find other places to recycle. Does your town have clothes bins for used clothes? Have a look online or do some exploring. Then, start separating things at home. Buy bags or bins that make it easier to separate recyclables.


 

You can also recycle things like appliances and household goods that work and are in decent condition by taking them to a charity shop to be used by someone else. Don’t ever throw anything in the bin before exploring other options.

 

Reusing

Reusing at home is another excellent way to cut waste. For a long time, we’ve lived in a disposable society. We buy a drink in a plastic bottle and throw the bottle away when we’re done. We get a new bag every time we go to the shops, and we throw things away if they are broken. There’s really no need for this. You’ll cut waste and save money by reusing things.

Keep plastic bags at home and take them to the shops with you. Or, even better by reusable totes and shoppers and avoid plastic bags entirely. Refill drinks bottles with juice or water at home to take out with you or buy a metal flask instead of relying on disposable bottles. Use rechargeable batteries, upcycle furniture and try to bend things before throwing them away, even if you just end up donating them anyway.

 

Reducing

Of course, the best thing to do is use less in the first place. Bags and bottles aren’t the only waste that you can entirely avoid. You can start writing meal plans and shopping lists to cut your food waste. You can choose products with the least amount of packaging and take a cup to work to avoid disposables from the coffee machine or water cooler, and you can opt to receive paperless bills to reduce paper waste.

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