There are many good reasons to reduce the amount of waste we produce and to reuse and recycle more.
Reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle
- Energy and resources are wasted whenever an item is thrown away
- Raw materials are a limited resource – we might not always be able to replace what we throw away
- Less waste means less pollution
- Disposing of waste is very expensive and requires a large amount of energy.
Practical tips to help you reduce, reuse and recycle
Removing single use plastics is an easy way to help the environment:
- Take a reusable coffee cup or water bottle with you to work or when you go out
- Take a reusable bag with you to ensure you don't need to buy a plastic carrier bag
- When shopping look at how items are packaged. Try and buy an item with less packaging and, where unavoidable, ensure that you buy items in packaging that you can recycle
- Take a plastic tub with you to the supermarket to put deli items and fresh food in.
Around 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by UK households each year, reduce your waste and you could save up to £700 a year:
- Love Food Hate Waste provides a variety of recipes designed to use up any leftovers
- Think about how much food you cook. If you are creating leftovers, use these for lunch the next day
- Use your freezer to store any additional food. You could also freeze any leftovers you have.=
- Understanding 'use by' and 'best before' dates:
- Use by - means do not eat this food after the 'use by' date
- Best before - means this food can be eaten beyond this date (aside from eggs)
- Display before - these dates only relate to shops and can be ignored
- Visit a community fridge to use unwanted food or donate food.
- Take any unwanted items, in a good condition, to your local charity shop
- Visit Freegle to advertise your unwanted items for reuse
- Norfolk County Council offer reuse shelters at their Recycling Centres
- Reuse envelopes that you receive. Cross out the previous address and use it again
- We run reuse events in South Norfolk so people can recycle and reuse unwanted items.
- Unsure of what you can recycle at home? View a list of what can be recycled in South Norfolk.
- We also have a number of recycling centres across South Norfolk.
- Test your knowledge of what can and can't go in your green recycling bin with the Recycle Norfolk Game.