Cutting down on household waste can save money and help preserve natural resources. By using the three R’s – reduce, re-use and recycle – you can help protect the environment by keeping your waste out of the landfill sites.
- Reduce – When shopping, try to choose goods with minimal packaging. Also cut out junk mail by registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
- Re-use – Don’t throw away goods just because they’re broken or out-of-date. Getting something fixed is often cheaper than buying a replacement! If you have something you no longer need, pass it on to a friend or donate it to a charity shop.
- Recycle – Paper, plastics, glass and metal can all be recycled and turned into a new product.
Although making a few small changes may not seem like much on its own, each house in Britain making a cumulative effort to reduce its waste would have a huge effect on the amount of rubbish going to landfill sites – which is good news for the environment and your wallet!
Every home in Britain will be required to sort their household rubbish into five separate bins under new recycling rules. The announcement was made by the Environment Department Minister Lord de Mauley, who says the new system must be implemented under European law.
Currently, around 100 local authorities operate weekly rubbish collections in which all waste is placed in one bin. Under the new rules, however, residents will be required to sort their rubbish into five categories and use five separate bins. The categories include plastics, metals, glass, papers and general waste materials.
The announcement comes as the amount of waste being recycled fell last year for the first time in 30 years. Around 43 per cent of waste is currently recycled, although the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently admitted that the figure also includes waste rejected by recycling facilities and shipped to landfill sites.
When it comes to recycling, most of us like to do our bit for the environment. Yet, it might come as a surprise that a significant area of recycling that is overlooked is food waste. UK households fill landfills and damage the environment with roughly 7.2 million tonnes of mostly edible food every year – often fruit and salad.
The impact on the environment is massive: food waste releases greenhouse gases and Leachate, which causes groundwater pollution. Long-term, this will kill wildlife, cause food shortages and increase food costs. We already waste on average £50 a month with poor planning. That’s £50 a month that we pay out for food that we don’t even nibble!
All we need to do is plan our meals, watch portions, only buy what we need and recycle what is leftover. This will save £s, lbs and also help us to make a better world for future generations.
If you’re planning to renovate your house then it’s a good idea to make some environmentally-friendly changes. By doing so, you can help create a healthier planet and environment for future generations while making some great savings on your utility bills. Plus, transforming your home into an eco-friendly residence can actually be quite simple. Let’s consider how you can make some Green changes to your home lighting.
Your first step could be to replace your light bulbs with low wattage energy-saving bulbs. These use up much less electricity, helping you save on your utility bills. They are also more efficient in that they emit less heat and can be brighter than conventional bulbs. You could even consider installing a skylight to allow more natural sunlight reach the darker areas of your home.
Green changes can also be made outside your home – if you have lights outside your front door or garage, they can be replaced with motion sensitive lights. Motion sensing lights only switch on if they sense movement and aside from saving you on power, they can help to deter burglars. Another option is to install solar powered outdoor lighting systems which use no electricity at all.