We can do a great deal for the environment by recycling and composting, but the best way of dealing with waste is not to create it in the first place. Waste prevention is a key part of reducing our reliance on landfill and can help us to save money too.
There are many ways to reduce or prevent the waste we produce at home.
Reusable Nappies – Why choose reusable nappies?
In households with one baby disposable nappies fill about half of the weekly bin. By choosing to use reusable nappies, even if you only use them some of the time, you can reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill and save hundreds of pounds compared to using disposables. Reusable nappies are easy to use and because they are made from 100 percent cotton fibre they are soft and gentle next to your baby’s skin. They come in many different styles and designs.
Love Food Hate Waste
Save up to £50 per month
On average, UK households throw away around one third of the food they buy - that’s like buying three bags of shopping and throwing one bag away as soon as you get home. But don't worry, there are lots of useful hints and tips that can help you save up to £50 a month and reduce your food waste on the Leicestershire County Council website.
Say No to Junk Mail
Although we may be able to recycle most junk mail, preventing it is even better.
If you are fed up with junk being put through your letter box, register with the mail preference service (mps), the direct marketing association (dma) and the royal mail opt out scheme.
If you would like more information on any of the above, or other waste minimisation initiatives please visit the Leicestershire County Council website (link below).
Freeuse for Leicestershire
Recycle for Leicestershire