Recycling reduces the amount of waste we send to landfill as items are made into new things. It costs much more to send rubbish to landfill than it does to send recycling to be processed. This is money that could be spent on other council services. Landfill sites are producers of harmful greenhouse gases, so there’s a double environmental benefit to increasing our recycling.
General tips to help you recycle more and reduce your waste
Seven million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away every year, which is 19% of all the food we buy – this would fill nine Wembley Stadiums!
Fruit, vegetables and bread are the most common types of food wasted.
Think before you buy
You can reduce the amount of food your household wastes by planning meals and writing a shopping lists.
Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags to avoid using plastic carriers, which many stores charge for.
Tips to help you make the most of the food you buy
For the A-Z of food saving tips visit the love food hate waste website.
Lining food caddies
Food waste can be put into the brown bin in compostable bags. Or try using old newspaper or kitchen towel to line your brown food bin.
Advertise your old furniture on local free websites. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. By getting people to take it away from your home for free you are saving on paid for disposal costs or petrol from transporting to your household waste site.
Composting and water butts
Find out about composting and water butts on the recycle now website