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Reducing Waste With Small Steps

Reducing Waste

Reducing Waste

Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Recycling is great, but there’s a reason reduce comes first on the list! Reducing your waste is better for the environment.

 

 

Recycling leaves a carbon footprint. When you reduce your waste you eliminate items you’d normally recycle and that leads to a lower carbon footprint. Let’s break it down a little more to see how this small change has the potential to make a big difference in reducing waste. 

 

 

When you have less items to recycle you don’t have to go to the recycling drop off point as often, which saves you fuel and means less emissions from your car.

 

 

The reduction in items to be recycled means not as many items need to be transported to the recycling facility; therefore fewer vehicles are needed for pick-up and transporting. This leads to a smaller workload for the recycling facility, so they don’t have to run the machinery as much, and the plant uses less electricity.

 

 

Wow, it’s a whole chain of events; who knew? And the more people who are reducing waste, the more of a difference it will make. 
Another reason to reduce your waste is because many items you use aren’t recyclable. This way there is less rubbish going into our landfill sites.

 

 

Now you’re thinking “great, but how do I take action?” Here are a few tips and examples of things you can do in your everyday life to reduce your waste.

 

 

You leave your house in the morning to go grab some coffee at the convenience store or coffee shop on your way to work. Stop. Instead of using the disposable cups they give you bring along a travel mug. Let’s say you drink one cup of coffee a day each week. By using a reusable mug you are eliminating seven cups from your waste each week. That’s 365 cups a year. Now imagine if your spouse, your neighbour, and your friend all go green, that’s 1460 cups a year!

 

 

So let’s fast forward from breakfast to lunch time. You packed your own lunch, all nice in plastic bags. Wait, that’s not so nice. Instead of using plastic bags use some food containers. I prefer the glass ones, but if you don’t want to lug around breakables all day go for the plastic ones. Also, I suggest bringing your own lunch rather than hitting the fast food joints for three reasons: it’s normally healthier, saves you money, and you won’t end up with the fast food bags and paper wrapping. That’s right; the simple act of bringing your lunch from home instead of going through the drive thru is eco-friendly and wallet friendly and waistline friendly.

 

 

What’s next on the list? water. Think of all the plastic you use by drinking bottled water, it’s a lot. Don’t go buy bottles of water, instead use a reusable water bottle. I really like the stainless steel ones, they can take a beating, are lightweight, and most of them have a clip (or a place to put a clip). The clip makes them great for hiking since you can just clip them onto your backpack.

 

 

I like to use the clip on mine to put my keys on. Alright, I know what’s coming next…”but I drink bottled water because I like it to be purified!” Yeah, I like my water purified too. There is a simple solution to this dilemma, get either a filter pitcher or one of the filter attachments for your faucet.

 

 

Grocery store time! Bring your reusable bag instead of using plastic bags. Do you really need a produce bag? Probably not. Shop for items that have little packaging. Many natural grocery stores and Whole Food stores have milk that comes in glass bottles that the dairy farm reuses. You have to pay a deposit, but when you bring it back you get your deposit back and the store sends it to the dairy farm where they sanitize it and then reuse it. The only waste is the plastic lid! If the store asks if you want your receipt say no and they won’t print it out, saving that paper.

 

 

That’s it for now. I hope that you will incorporate these small changes into your life if you haven’t already done so. Remember, even the small things add up and make a big difference for Reducing Waste 

 

Why Waste Management Service

 

Proper waste management usage is becoming a growing concern in big cities like London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester. Efficient waste managerial services both residential and commercial, is becoming the only way to maintain a clean environment and healthy community.

 

The process is not something most people are terribly interested in. However, managing your residential or commercial refuse in an effective manner can prevent problems in the long run. All rubbish should be recycled and disposed of in an eco-friendly way.

 

Types of Waste

There are mainly two kinds of rubbish, disposable waste and recyclable waste. Disposable refuse can be disposed of after use. This won’t normally contain materials that harm the environment. Green waste is an example.

 

Recyclable waste normally contains either hazardous materials that can harm the environment if not disposed of properly or materials that have limited resources. Electronics and IT equipment come under this category.

 

Residential Waste Management

Residential waste management is becoming a problem. Many homes produce more waste than the councils will take away. The best way to solve the issue is to get a professional service provider to do the job for you. When you hire a professional service provider you don’t have to worry about loading the rubbish and categorising harmful materials as the crew will do it for you in an efficient manner. Most of the services offer an easy payment structure.

 

Commercial Waste Management

A professional rubbish removal company can take the hassle away from you by ensuring proper recycling and reuse of your commercial refuse. Whether it is office rubbish or construction waste, they can help you deal with it effectively. They can also ensure that the process is done in an eco-friendly way and is in line with the WEEE directives, so you don’t fall foul of the law.

 

Many of the recyclable materials that can be returned to the market are being dumped in landfills. This could make our planet into a giant rubbish bin soon. Waste management can address the issue and help us build a clean environment.

 

Governments across the globe are drafting legislations to effectively prevent business and domestic refuse dumping. This means no company or household will be able to avoid responsibly disposing of the rubbish they produce. To make sure that your refuse is dealt with properly, you can consult professionals with the necessary licences to carry out the job. They will tell you which materials can be recycled and reused and what to do with the rest, ensuring that your excess waste is responsibly dealt with.

 

The process is not something most people are terribly interested in. However, managing your residential or commercial refuse in an effective manner can prevent problems in the long run. All rubbish should be recycled and disposed of in an eco-friendly way.