Managing waste effectively can not only reduce the environmental impact you have in your local area but can also save you money.


Recycling is a common way of dealing with certain types of waste including paper, plastics, cans, tins, glass and garden waste. Most areas have designated bins for recycling. It’s important that you stick to the recycling rules of your local area. If you have any doubt as to your local recycling and waste management rules, or you need to ask for a certain bin, contact your local authority.

Bulky waste

Bulky waste such as sofas, beds, wardrobes and cabinets can be difficult to dispose of. However, rather than disposing of this at your local recycling area or illegally fly tipping, why not contact your local authority and ask to for their bulky waste management service? There may be a small charge for this but they will collect your furniture for you and potentially reuse it elsewhere.

Top Tip: Some items such as clothes, kitchen equipment and crockery can only be disposed of via the general waste bin in some areas. If your waste is still in good condition and can be reused, why not take this to your local charity shop where somebody else can reuse it?

Food waste

Food waste is now one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in the UK and we can all do something to help cut this. The majority of local authorities now recycle food waste in different ways so it may be worth asking them how they can help you recycle your leftovers. If not, why not consider a composter in your garden if you want to have some top quality compost.

Why not consider the following tips to help you reduce the amount of food you waste each day?

  • Write shopping lists and plan your meals to stop buying food that may go out of date
  • Know your dates –
    • Use by dates means that you should never eat the food after this date.
    • Best before means that the food is still edible. The only exception is eggs – never eat these after the best before date.
  • Store food as directed on the packs – it will last longer!
  • Try and manage your portions well. If you cook too much, though, freeze your leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day.

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