How to Minimise Waste
The average UK citizen generates about 530kg of waste per year, according to DEFRA. Transporting and treating this waste produces large quantities of greenhouse gases and, of course, adds to landfills. So by reducing the amount of waste you produce, you can help reduce your emissions, save resources and reduce land degradation.
There are a number of ways you can reduce your waste. For example, you could try to avoid buying pre-packaged food. Buying only as much loose food as you need can radically reduce packaging waste, and wasted food.
By taking simple measures such as reusing bags at the supermarket or repairing worn out belongings, you can reduce your waste. Buying products made from recycled or biodegradable material can also help.
Composting kitchen and garden waste reduces the volume of methane producing waste going to landfills. It also provides the perfect medium for growing your own vegetables, plants and flowers. Simple composters should only be used with uncooked vegetable matter, but there are also safe additives that break down raw meat and cooked food waste.
By recycling your waste, you can reduce pressure on landfill and natural resources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The range of waste that can be recycled is constantly increasing. However, the different materials you can recycle and the way this waste needs to be sorted varies depending on where you live. Check with your local council to see what is being recycled in your area.
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