Reduce the amount of waste you produce
The best way to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill sites is to cut down on the waste we all produce in the first place. You can have a bit of an impact by doing just a little:
Reduce unwanted mail
It’s estimated every household receives up to 18 items of unwanted mail every week. Find out how to reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive. The Zero Waste Scotland website gives you 5 top ways to reduce unwanted mail.
Use bags for life
- buy a reusable bag - it'll hold more shopping and last longer
- take old plastic bags with you when you go shopping. If it can't be reused it can normally be recycled in store.
Avoid over packaging
- buy fruit and vegetables loose
- choose alternative versions of the same product with less packaging
- shop at your local butcher
Compost at home
Turning some kinds of garden and household waste into compost you can use on your garden isn’t hard – and it’s very cheap! The Recycle Now website tells you all you need to know about composting at home.
Save on batteries
Many products don’t need batteries, such as wind-up radios, torches and solar-powered garden lights. These are cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly. If you do need to use batteries, remember to recycle them. Most supermarkets and electrical shops will now collect batteries for recycling.