Reduce your waste in 5 easy steps
Stop unwanted mail
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. Visit the Revolve website for local Revolve re-use accredited organisations.
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 your local Furniture Re-use Network - they distribute unwanted furniture and household goods to those in need. Or advertise your old furniture in your local paper or on websites such as Freecycle or Freegle.
Call the National re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820 for advice and to donate items.
Avoid wasting food
Every year in Scotland we throw away over £1 billion worth of good food from our homes, costing the average family £39 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.