Putting a waste management policy together for the home or office can help you reduce the amount of rubbish you collect and help you be friendlier to the environment on a daily basis.
For companies, a waste management policy can help you save on waste and costs by cutting your waste disposal and showing customers that your business means business when it comes to helping the environment.
In the home, it is easy to put a waste management policy into place and once all family members are aware of what you are trying to achieve, the amount of waste you send to the landfills each week will be considerably less. This is important when you think that there was over two hundred and eighty tonnes of waste sent to UK landfills in 2008, by now that number will be considerably more even with recycling efforts in place throughout the country.
The first step to reducing how much rubbish your home sends to the landfill each week is to put a recycling schedule together. Some areas do provide recycling collections and others offer various recycling points near your home. Many supermarkets provide containers where you are able to recycle with ease.
Another good way to reduce rubbish is to use cloth shopping bags. You can purchase cloth reusable shopping bags at most stores, take them with you when grocery shopping or even shopping for items in the city centre. The less plastic bags you bring home, the less you will be sending out to rubbish dumps.
Choose items that have less packaging. This may sound harder than it really is. Consider supporting local and buy your fruit and vegetables at farmers markets, where you can pick your items and place them into your cloth bag without any extra packaging.
Reduce the number of bottled drinks you purchase. If your family drinks a lot of water or use mixed drinks, consider a water jug that can filtrate the water or buy a freestanding water dispenser, you’ll be amazed how that will dramatically reduce the number of plastic bottles you accumulate at the home. If you have a large volume of plastic bottles, consider cutting them in half and using them as planters for pot plants.
Compost. Composting is something that is being used throughout the country and it’s completely organic. Having a small compost heap at the end of your garden can be a welcome addition to your garden, helping you grow healthy plants. Keep your compost heap as far away from the house as possible, because it can smell as it starts to heat up. The great thing about composting is you can throw all your food scraps, egg shells, even shredded paper onto the pile creating completely natural and safe plant food for your garden and potted plants. This can also reduce the need to purchase plastic bags of compost at the home store.
Consider going paperless. A lot of companies now offer paperless billing. This should be one of your waste management solutions. Take advantage of this offer which reduces the amount of mail you receive and you receive your bills via email, enabling you to keep them electronically. This is also easier for anyone who owns a computer.
Read the latest news online. Buying a newspaper every day or once a week will result in a high volume of waste. Rather consider reading the news online and eliminate the rubbish you collect, a great waste management tip.
The final waste management tip that can be exceptionally useful is to reuse containers rather than throwing them away. Ice cream containers and margarine containers can be great items in your kitchen, enabling you to easily store and stack food goods with ease.