Did you know that each Australian produces about 540kg of waste, every single year?
That’s an enormous number, and we all need to do our part to reduce it. It can be difficult to reduce the amount of waste we produce at work; at some jobs, this is inevitable. But there are many things we can do to reduce waste at home.
The rubbish we produce at home mainly consists of landfill waste, food waste, recyclables and electronic waste.Thankfully, much of this rubbish can be reduced, and the remainder dealt with in a more responsible fashion.
Let’s take a look at some easy ways to reduce the amount of rubbish your household produces.
Control your food waste
Food waste is a common problem in Australia, and other first world nations. Put simply, we waste far too much food, most of it edible.
Use older items first
Restaurants and supermarkets use a system where old stock is always brought to the front of the fridge, ensuring that it’s used before newer food items. It can be enormously beneficial to utilise a similar system in your fridge at home so that you ensure you’re always using older food items before newer ingredients. You could also place a whiteboard on your fridge, and write up reminders on what’s sitting in the fridge, and what needs to be used. This is a great way to minimise food waste at the source.
Some food scraps are inevitable, such as vegetable and fruit peelings. But the good news is that this waste can be composted and turned into useable material for your garden. And if you don’t have access to a compost bin, there are a number of applications that offer community composting initiatives. They might even pick up your food scraps directly!
Cook in large batches
Cooking in larger quantities and saving some for later is a great way to plan out meals, eat healthier and prevent food waste. Being prepared like this will help prevent food waste, as you’ll require fewer ingredients, and will be much less likely to order food by delivery… which creates even more waste!
No more single-use bags
Single-use bags cause havoc in our oceans, and many other environments. They must be avoided at all costs, both at the shops and at home. We all end up accumulating plastic bags through a range of different sources, including online shopping, retail purchases and even the supermarket, when we forget to take our cloth bags. Even though supermarkets only now supply reusable plastic bags, these still cause an enormous amount of pollution.
Avoid plastic bags of all kinds if possible, especially single-use bags. If you can do this, you’ll be minimising the amount of plastic in your home. What’s more, the environment, including animals, plants, and even other humans, will thank you for it.
Recycle your electronics
Australia is a huge producer of electronic waste, also known as e-waste. This type of waste includes old computers, phones, tablets, appliances, and much more. Unfortunately, we have a very poor track record in recycling e-waste and must be doing more.
The materials that makeup computers include metals and chemicals that can be highly toxic. Furthermore, these precious metals can be very difficult to extract, so recycling them means fewer virgin materials must be mined or sourced for manufacturing.
You may well have old computers and phones sitting at home. Dealing with them can be a little daunting, and you may be concerned about data security. However, there are a number of professional, reputable e-waste recycling companies throughout Sydney. Taking your old e-waste to these facilities is an excellent way to ensure you’re reducing waste at home, and it’s not just ending up in landfills.
Where possible, purchase secondhand! That might include furniture, clothing, kitchen appliances, and more. Any secondhand purchase is a fantastic win for the environment, no matter the item. Therefore, consider the environment and the waste that your household produces, before buying brand new items.
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Yard junk removal
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