Reduce your waste in 5 easy steps
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Think before you shop
Before you shop, think about how you could reduce your waste. For example, you could buy things with less packaging, or second-hand items.
Can you buy something that will last longer rather than a disposable item? Rechargeable batteries are cheaper than disposables, and they can be used again and again - and using real crockery and cutlery for your parties instead of disposable ones can make a real difference.
Your rubbish is another person’s treasure!
Contact the Re-use Line if you have good quality, bulky furniture items or white goods and they will see if a local re-use store can take your items. Or advertise your old furniture in your local paper or on websites such as Freecycle or Freegle.
Avoid wasting food
Every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 a month.
To find out useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice on portioning and meal planning, visit Love Food Hate Waste.
Donate left-over paint to your local charity. To find your nearest scheme visit Community Repaint.