Over the years, there has been a global push to create effective and sustainable ways to reduce waste and how much we send to landfill. With so many homes wondering how they can do their bit, we’ve put together a few key tips to help you reduce your household waste.
Invest in Reusable Products
It’s no secret that food and food-related waste are one of the biggest contributors to landfill waste, which is why finding reusable alternatives can have a significant impact on your waste. Instead of wrapping leftovers in single-use cling film, investing in a set of reusable food covers can be a great way to reduce your plastic and food waste.
A set of good quality Tupperware made from glass or plastic may seem pricey but is a great way to take food with you or store it away in the fridge or cupboard. Purchasing a set of reusable metal straws is also a fantastic way to reduce the number of plastic straws you use.
Stop Buying Plastic Bottles
Did you know, single-use plastic bottles can take a minimum of 450 years to completely degrade? This is why so many plastic pollution campaigns advocate buying recycled or reusable bottles instead. Then you can fill a bottle before you go out and many cafes and restaurants are happy to refill your bottle for free too if you run out. With so many sizes, colours and materials available on the market, there is something for every member of the family.
Start Your Own Compost Bin
At home compost bins have always been a great way to get rid of food waste without sending it to landfill, albeit quite a smelly one! You can buy compost bins in a range of sizes, so there are options for all households and can be a fun way to get everyone involved in tracking the progress of your soon to be compost and plant fertiliser.
Although some rechargeable batteries can be more expensive and will require you to purchase a battery charger, in the long term they last longer and will significantly reduce the amount of battery-related waste and money. Rechargeable batteries will simply stop working when they need recharging, unlike their single-use counterparts, which will slowly deteriorate, which can be frustrating when your kids toys don’t quite work or you can’t adjust the TV from the remote control.
Take Your Own Bags
Since October 2015, shops across the UK have been charging for plastic carrier bags, in an attempt to reduce plastic waste and to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Since then, a copious amount of reusable tote bags and larger, durable material bags have come on to the market. Investing in a few shopping bags for food, toiletries, clothing, beauty products etc. means you will always have bags for your shopping.
How Can We Help?
At Dial A Bin, we specialise in providing effective ways to dispose of your waste and provide the best solutions for your home. We provide skips, recycled aggregates and commercial wheelie bins for all kinds of businesses. For more information or a free quote, get in touch with our team on 01280 851 081 or use our online form.