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.

Reusable nappies

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:

Home composting

For information about composting see:

Food waste

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:

Recycle more

Remember that a lot of your household waste can be recycled, see:

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Page last updated: 18 August 2021