We all need to de-clutter from time to time, but before you put those unwanted items straight in the bin, there are lots of things you can to do to extend their lives, sell, donate or recycle before chucking.
You’ll be surprised at the practical things you can do with your rubbish.Below is just a tiny selection of the hundreds of things you can do to give your ‘rubbish’ a new lease of life simply by reusing them.
Use our advice to help you to make better purchases and become a smart shopper!By making Smart Shopping decisions, we can reduce our impact on the environment by reducing the amount of waste we produce.Less waste means less energy and raw materials being used to make new products which reduce green house gas emissions and helps keep valuable materials out of landfill sites.
By reusing items around the house or by buying second hand you can do your bit to reduce the amount of waste thrown away into landfill.There are loads of simple changes you can make around the house to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
What is Junk Mail?Junk Mail is simply any unwanted paper which is directly delivered to your door. Some examples of Junk Mail that we all receive are those addressed to “The Occupier” from companies trying to sell you something, and leaflets from your local takeaway.
Why packaging is importantEach year millions of tonnes of packaging are used to protect the billions of goods used by UK households and industry.If the packaging used by manufacturers was not fit for purpose the resulting damaged products or wasted food would probably have far more of an environmental impact than the impact of producing the packaging in the first place.  WRAP An introduction to Packaging and Recyclability
Reduce your waste by a thirdVegetable peelings, prunings, paper and a list of other things from your kitchen and garden will decompose easily and naturally in a compost bin, leaving you less waste to bag up and put out for collection and further processing.About a third of your waste can be composted at home, saving energy and resources and benefiting your garden and your pocket.In your compost bin this biodegradable waste can be broken down into convenient, free compost very easily by useful insects and micro-organisms – but if this waste reaches a landfill site, mixed with and buried under other rubbish, little air would be available to support the micro-organisms that could have flourished in your compost bin.
If you live with your family, it is highly likely that just one person puts out the recycling. All family members help consume and create waste so it makes sense to get everyone involved with reducing, reusing and recycling!
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