There is no doubt that we all need to up our efforts to be more environmentally friendly. As a world on the cusp of a climate crisis, there are steps that we, as individuals, can take towards being more eco-conscious. As an environmentally responsible waste management company in North East Lincolnshire, we offer five ways to reduce the amount of waste within your home.
You might be intimidated by all the different symbols and coloured bins, but a quick bit of research on your local area’s rules for recycling will help you understand and feel confident about recycling. Just go for it – start recycling today.
Avoid plastic bags
The five-pence plastic bag levy has been in place for a while now, and it’s definitely made its mark. For example, carrier bags issued by the seven biggest supermarkets to shoppers have dropped by 86%. However, plastic bags are still being used and, as they take over 1,000 years to degrade, using and disposing of them is detrimental on the environment. Instead, you should use fabric tote bags or large freezer bags to transport your groceries. Or, you could reuse your plastic bags as much as possible by keeping them by your front door or in your car for immediate use.
Buy only what you need
When it comes to waste within the home, food waste can top everything else. From big, unwanted portions to gone off fruit and veg, there is so much that gets thrown away. Get into the habit of only purchasing what you need for the week. To do this, you could set out a meal plan, listing only the ingredients that you need. As well as lists, start using clear, reusable containers to store things like pasta and cereals so you can clearly see how much you’ve got left to use up before buying more.
Cancel unnecessary mail
Junk mail is one of the worst in terms of waste. When you get a catalogue or irrelevant leaflet through the door, take a few moments to track where this has come from and cancel the subscription or remove yourself from the mailing list. As well as combating excess and wasted paper that’ll simply get thrown into the recycling, it also stops the paper being printed and sent out via post in the first place – therefore, resources aren’t wasted and emissions aren’t used.
Repair, don’t throw away
If something you own breaks, whether that be a table leg or an item of clothing, spend time trying to fix it first before simply tossing it in the bin.
However, if you are looking to throw away broken items such as pieces of furniture or you aren’t sure on what to do with rubbish like garden waste, ensure you utilise an expert waste disposal company like Paul Riddel Skips Ltd. today. For more information on our services, from skip hire services to waste disposal, contact us today on 01507 526 815.