Waste production can be reduced significantly if we start reusing some of the items we simply throw into the trash bins. Below are Household waste recycling hints and tips to reuse certain items and increasing its life.
As with office recycling, developing a process to make recycling easy can have a huge impact and, if everyone did it, the environment would be in better condition.
This is the step that comes after reducing the trash but before you recycle it. Imagine how minimised your household waste will be if you start reusing things.
Think of shopping bags. You can use them every time you take a trip down the grocery store or reusable water bottle that you can carry with you outside rather than buying a bottle every time.
Think of using all the empty glass bottles that remain after consuming salad dressings or pasta sauce. All these items can be reused before you send them away for recycling.
Each and every one of us can make simple changes to lower the amount of garbage we generate. This will reduce the amount of garbage that goes into the landfills, and is better for the environment.
Product packaging makes up the bulk of our trash. One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of garbage you generate is to buy products that have minimal packaging.
As products come from farther away, the amount of packaging that is needed to protect an item from damage increases, and so does the amount of your garbage. Purchase items locally so they don’t need as much protective packaging.
If you do buy packaged products, be sure they are made of aluminium, tin or paper. These products are the easiest to recycle.
Purchase durable products that will last a long time, or that can be reused for a different purpose. Avoid the use of disposable products such as razor blades, napkins, and diapers.
Decrease the number of plastic bags you use. Bags are filling up our landfills, and they are a hazard to our wildlife. Reusable plastic bags or cloth bags are becoming more and more popular.
Limit the number of the product you buy that require batteries. These disposable batteries make up 20% of the hazardous waste in landfills. Using rechargeable batteries are a much more environmentally sound decision.
Don’t waste food. Only purchase and cook for you know you can consume. Freeze leftovers, so they don’t go to waste in the refrigerator and have to get thrown in the garbage.
Recycle electronic products such as computers, printers, ink cartridges, and cell phones.
Make it your business to find out which of all the items are recyclable that you would normally throw out in the trash.
Limit the amount of packaging material you dispose of by buying in bulk.
If you only need an item for a short time, consider renting the item instead of purchasing.
When going to a restaurant, bring your plastic container to take home leftovers.
Learn how to compost. Your garden and the environment will thank you.
Take unwanted items to a thrift store; donate them to charity and dispose of them on FreeCycle.
These are only a few of the ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle. There are hundreds of other easy ways to reduce the amount of trash you generate.