Many families are becoming more concerned about the environment and the amount of rubbish that ends up landfills. There are many ways you can make a difference and reduce the waste that your family produces.
Watch What You Buy and Recycle What You Can
Perhaps the biggest way you can reduce the waste you generate is to become more conscious about what you buy and how it is packaged. Look for products that are packaged in recyclable materials such as glass, cardboard, or plastics that are labeled as being recyclable. If at all possible, use your own reusable bags to carry your produce and bag your groceries instead of plastic bags. There are also many biodegradable products that can be purchased, such as garbage bags, cleaning products, and packaging materials.
The correct type of waste disposal
If recycling and reusing is not an option then you should consider waste disposal. This should be done through the right channels finding an Environmental Agency approved disposal company, there are many of these that can be found locally on search engines or in the local paper. These have registered with the environmental agency which means they won’t fly tip any waste and will aim to recycle what they can. The often offer waste collection services and rubbish removal from your home or business.
Reusing Products Means Less Waste
Using your rubbish for another purpose is a great way to prevent it from ending up in the landfill. Glass jars can be spray painted and used as a vase or decoration. Plastic containers can be used to organize office supplies and other household items. These ideas could also make a unique gift or be used as a craft project for an art class. When remodeling your home, consider painting old cabinets instead of replacing them and shop for used products instead of new. This reduces the amount of new material and rubbish that your family generates.
If You Can’t Use Your Rubbish, See if Someone Else Can
Before you throw away those old blankets, clothes, or kitchen plates find out if you can donate them. Most schools, shelters, and many other organizations are in need of donations . There may even be tax deductions available for your donations. You can also feel good knowing that you have helped others.
Learn About Hazardous Waste
Many people do not realize that some common household items are considered hazardous waste. Items such as car batteries, antifreeze, tires, fertilizers, pesticides, and paint products must be disposed of carefully. Investigate where these items can be disposed in your area. You can also make efforts to reduce the amount of hazardous materials that you purchase by choosing non-toxic cleaners and researching ways to reduce pests in your home and yard without using chemicals.
To reduce the amount of waste you produce, use these tips to identify what your family can do, create a plan, and begin with small changes.