How to reduce waste
There are three key factors when thinking about how to reduce waste - the 3 R's:
- Reduce - buy less
- Reuse the things you buy
- Recycle what you don't need anymore
Here are some simple changes you can make at home to help reduce what you throw away.
In West Sussex, we send over 77,000 disposable nappies to landfill every day. These can take hundreds of years to decompose, as well as taking up a lot of space in your refuse bin.
Reusable cloth nappies are more environmentally friendly, and are cheaper in the long run to use.
To avoid blocking your drains, follow Southern Water's advice on:
- The Unflushables (eg items such as wipes, nappies and cotton buds and others) - on the Southern Water website
- What not to flush away - 'Bag it and Bin it' campaign - on the Southern Water website
For information about composting see:
Most food waste is avoidable, and reducing what you throw away is not only good for the environment, it will save you money too.
Home composting uncooked fruit and vegetables and peelings, planning meals ahead and using up your leftovers are all easy ways to waste less.
Donating to charity shops
Good-quality, unwanted goods can be donated to charity. Some shops may offer to collect larger items for free.
Collecting for charity
Plastic milk bottle tops, which cannot be recycled using your green bin, are collected for recycling by various eco-initiatives to raise money for charities like Chestnut Tree House. See:
Remember that a lot of your household waste can be recycled, see:
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Page last updated: 18 August 2021