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What Can You Do to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Home?


In our day to day lives, waste is inevitable. Whether it’s vast commercial waste produced by businesses or domestic waste produced at home, it’s imperative that this is disposed of properly and responsibly, ensuring that the environmental impact of said waste is kept to a minimum.


To play your part, the first steps you can take can be from the comfort of your home. Keep reading to learn about the importance of responsible waste management and what you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste.


Importance of Responsible Waste Management


In the past, the majority of household waste was disposed of at landfill sites. Nowadays, landfill sites are still used, however the waste that goes into them is reduced significantly - at least it is when people dispose of their waste responsibly - i.e. reducing the amount they produce and reusing and recycling where possible.


Landfill sites are known to have a significant negative impact on the environment, as the waste that sits there releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as it decomposes, contributing to global warming.


By instead focusing on responsible waste management, these harmful effects are significantly reduced - among other benefits, such as reducing supply demand and costs elsewhere.


What Can You Do at Home?


Reduce


The first step to taking more responsibility in handling your household and personal waste is by first reducing the amount of waste you produce. There are a number of ways you can do this, including:


  • Carrying and using a reusable bottle and/or cup (for both hot and cold drinks)

  • Try to buy products that use less or sustainable packaging over excessive plastics

  • Hire items you only plan on using a handful of times, rather than buying outright

  • Consider at-home composting

  • Take your own bags when out shopping


Reuse


The next step you can take to minimise the waste you produce is to reuse (or promote the reuse of) items where possible. For example, you may:

  • Sell or give away clothes and items you no longer want/or need through online marketplaces or similar platforms (e.g. Vinted, Depop, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace)

  • Donate items to charity shops

  • Take broken/faulty items to be repaired

  • Buy pre-loved items

  • Repurpose unwanted/empty items (e.g. using an empty chocolate tin as a sewing tin)

  • Reuse packaging (e.g. to wrap items being posted, using carrier bags for shopping or when donating items to charity etc.)


Recycle


Lastly, if you have no choice but to dispose of something, then it’s imperative that you recycle your waste where possible. Most local councils will offer a rubbish recycling collection for both materials and food waste. Materials you’ll likely be able to recycle include:


  • Paper

  • Cardboard

  • Glass

  • Certain types of plastic (typically clear, hard plastic)

  • Tin cans and aluminium foil


For any waste that can’t be recycled in your local collection, look for local collection points nearby as an alternative. For example, many supermarkets have recycling points for old batteries and for certain types of plastic packaging.


Rubbish Clearance Services


If you’re planning a home project that’s likely to produce a lot of rubbish, such as a home clearout or renovation, then you’ll require a reliable and efficient waste removal service.

Here at Mark Luck Ltd, our team offers a friendly and experienced service. We’re able to take care of rubbish removal of any quantity, taking it back to our recycling yard to be disposed of responsibly.


Get in touch with us today to arrange your quote.


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