How to Reduce Household Waste

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There are numerous things we can do around the house to reduce the amount of waste we create. The three R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, by employing the three Rs of the waste minimisation hierarchy in our everyday lives, we might reduce the quantity of waste going into our landfills.

Reduce Food Waste
Next time you place your rubbish bag out, take a look at your rubbish, what packaging could I have avoided purchasing?, what plastic container can I find a brand new use for?, what can I compost or recycle? There are various ways you can reduce the quantity of waste your household produces, like select long-lasting rather than disposable items. Choose products with minimal recyclable packaging. Buy in large quantities to reduce the amount of packaging. Mend broken items whenever possible. Upscaling is now a thriving trend. 

Reuse Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are one of the biggest problem areas when it comes to the amount of waste that is thrown away each year. One of the best ways to do our part with this growing problem is to limit the amount of plastic bags we throw away by simply reusing them when we go shopping. Better still you may want to consider buying a bag for life to use on shopping trips instead of collecting more plastic bags which will be subsequently thrown away. 

The UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year, one tonne is about the weight of a small car! The UK recycling rate for waste from Households was 45.7% in 2017, increasing from 45.2% in 2016. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020.
The average UK family sends the equivalent of 3 shopping trolleys of edible food into the landfill every year. Bread is your most wasted meals item, with 20 million loaves thrown off annually and that doesn’t include the bread we throw to the birds!

Here are some places who may take undesirable reusable home items:

  • Books and magazines:  Hospitals, doctor’s waiting room, schools, second-hand book shops.
  • Unwanted toys: Donated to hospitals, nurserys or second hand shops.
  • Good used clothing and home items: Local church, second hand clothing shops such as Oxfam or your local recycling center.

As one of the North Wests’ most successful recycling centres, Blackpool Skip Hire Ltd make every effort to ensure that at least 98% of all the wastes tipped at our site is recycled and diverted away from landfills.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog on reducing household waste. If you would like to contact us for any advice on recycling your household waste, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01253 892020.
With over 25 years in recycling and waste management under our belt, there’s not much we don’t know about Reducing, Reusing & Recycling. 

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