With millions of tonnes of waste produced in Britain every year, it is important to find ways to reduce how much we throw away. Here at Skip It Containers, we are proud to recycle 97% of everything that is thrown into our skips.
Here’s how to reduce waste at home and on-the-go:
1. Invest in some good quality shopping bags and bring these to the supermarket with you. You’ll save 5p on a flimsy bag that you might be tempted to throw away when you get home.
2. A compost bin makes it easy to recycle food scraps, rather than throwing them in the rubbish bin.
3. Fed up of receiving junk mail? Reduce waste by limiting how often you disclose your contact information to companies. You could also remove yourself from mailing lists that are within your control, such as retail catalogues.
4. Try to buy packaging made from recycled content, and recycle as much as you can. Read our article on recycling more around the home for inspiration!
5. Reuse things wherever possible, e.g. buying rechargeable batteries and reusing empty drinks bottles and plastic cartons.
6. Buy only what you need from the supermarket; try not to get swept up in multi-buy deals unless it is an item you will consume within the use by date.
7. Buy good quality clothing that will last, rather than cheap clothes that will need to be thrown away after a few wears. Not only will you be buying less, but you will also be able to hand down unwanted clothes to a thrift shop rather than throwing them away.
8. Can’t survive without a takeaway coffee in the morning? Bring a thermos to the coffee shop and ask if they will fill it instead of a disposable cup.
9. If something breaks, try to fix it before replacing it. This is a great way to save money as well as reduce waste!
10. Find a place in your home to store old cardboard boxes and other packaging. When you need to send a large item in the post, these can be reused.
11. Need a new sofa, looking for a good book or need a dress for a party? Buying second hand reduces the number of good items going to waste. It’s amazing what you can find in a good charity shop!
12. Buy concentrated washing up liquid and laundry detergent – you will use less and won’t need to throw away as many empty bottles.
13. Where you are able to, switch your utility bills to email billing to reduce paper usage.
14. Prepared too much food at dinner time? Stews, soups and other one-pot meals can be frozen in plastic containers and saved for another meal.
15. Don’t buy bottled water when you’re out and about – invest in a sturdy refillable bottle that you can bring with you.
We hope you have been inspired to reduce waste at home! To find out more about what Skip It is doing to reduce waste and support the environment, visit our recycling page.