Waste Disposal – Sustainable Recycling Tips
Waste disposal affects us all. It’s no secret that more and more waste is being sent to landfill each year in the UK. The demand for convenient, disposable items and packaging is rising, and with it so is the damage caused to the environment, and added pressure on waste disposal industries.
Recycling may seem a futile task in the scheme of things, however if everyone made one small change to their recycling habits it could make a huge difference.
So, how can you do your bit for the environment? Here are some tips and tricks to help you reduce the amount of waste you create.
Donate, Donate, Donate!
If you’re having a clear out it can be tempting to throw everything in bin bags and put them out for bin lorries. However, there are so many charities and organisations around that would be grateful for your old items and can put them to good use.
Some charities, such as the British Heart Foundation will even collect your items free of charge. They collect various items, including:
- Accessories such as bags and shoes
- DVDs, CDs and vinyl
- Crockery and ornaments
- Electrical appliances
Avoid Disposable Items
Everything seems to be disposable these days, but it’s just not sustainable. We can contribute to sustainability by avoiding one-use products and going for reusable alternatives. For example, instead of buying bottled water, just buy one refillable bottle. Or instead of buying plastic carrier bags every time you go shopping, buy a bag for life. These little changes can make a big difference to the waste disposal industries!
Composting is a great way to dispose of old garden and food waste. Just get yourself a compost bin and you can use it for food waste, old leaves and egg shells.
Good things to compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings and grass cuttings.
Once it’s ready its great for your garden, adding vital nutrients to the soil and reducing the need for potentially harmful fertilisers and pesticides.
Repair or Replace
It seems the days of repairing broken goods instead of fixing them are behind us. Convenience has taken over and we are more likely to throw away old items and purchase new ones. However, upcycling is a great way of saving money and creating new and unique items. There are hundreds of creative upcycling ideas online, have a browse and get inspired!
Avoid Creating Waste
As well as responsible waste disposal it is also important to avoid creating unnecessary waste. There are various ways we can do our bit to avoid creating waste in the first place. Ways we can do this include: only printing off documents when completely necessary; take shopping bags with you when you go shopping; avoid excess packaging by buying loose fruit and vegetables etc.
Know your bins
Every year, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling bin bags are sent to landfill rather than being recycled because they have been contaminated with non recyclable materials.
There are so many different coloured bin bags for different waste types these days that its easy to forget which ones and are for which. However if we all take the time to learn what should and shouldn’t be put in each bag we could prevent so much waste. You can contact your local council for information on your waste disposal rules and regulations.
Do your bit!
If everyone implemented just a few changes to the way they thought about waste and recycling we could make huge changes to the waste disposal industries and create a more sustainable planet!