4 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

There are many different aspects to sustainable living and doing your part for the environment. Whether it’s making an effort to catch the train rather than drive to work or buying products that you know are doing the right thing from an environmental perspective, each of us does have a part to play.

One big factor is trying to reduce how much waste we are producing on a daily basis. Doing so can reduce the strain on landfill sites and the waste management systems we have in place. It can also help keep your house clutter-free and cleaner overall. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can reduce household waste in the home.

Try to avoid using disposal crockery

While it might mean doing more dishes than you’d like to think about, try to avoid plastic plates and cups if it’s possible. Obviously, there may be situations where going plastic is really the best option. At kids’ birthday parties, for example, using paper plates may be the best option if you want to make sure your chinaware doesn’t get broken.  But the waste that these disposable plates, cups and cutlery should not be underestimated and when you can, opt to use China instead.

The less plastic the better

To further the last point, there are a number of plastic items that you should be avoided in addition to disposable plates and cups. For one thing, it would be a good idea to embrace the reusable shopping bag movement that has started to become popular. It’s a fact that in some countries, plastic bags are not even provided at supermarkets, which further incentivise people. Plastic bottled water and even paper coffee cups are is also a problem, particularly when you consider how long it can take to break these materials down.

Start composting

If you have a garden, you probably should already be composting. Food and garden scraps can actually account for a huge amount of a household’s total waste, and given its uses, it makes a lot of sense to recycle and reuse this yourself rather. Keeping a compost bin outside the house can reduce your kitchen waste significantly and means you don’t have to store rotting food scraps close to where you’re eating and living. It also acts as a very effective fertiliser for plants so it’s really a win-win.

Improve your cooking chops

For some households, composting may not be convenient. But regardless of whether or not you’re composting, being savvy in the way you cook can really reduce how much food waste is produced. The ability to be able to take a few random leftover ingredients and whip up something delicious is a skill that can be learned! And it’s always important to keep leftovers for later. In addition, try to get into good shopping habits where you’re buying enough food, but not too much to the point where you need to throw it out.

For more waste management and disposal tips and advice, you can always chat with the experts at Metro Transfer Station. Changing just a few of your day-to-day habits can go a long way in reducing your strain on the environment. For more information, get in touch! 

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