Managing waste wisely

7 top tips to reduce waste in 2021

Resolved to reduce your waste in the New Year? We are here to help. Try these simple tips to get 2021 off to a waste-wise start!

Go digital

Choose to receive your bills and subscriptions online. If you love reading, are you ready to give up the hardcopy in preference for online books?

Quit disposables

Can you give up disposable coffee cups for good? Need a coffee hit but forgot your cup? Take a seat and dine in. Your coffee will taste better and the breather might be just what you need! Visit Plastic Free July for more simple swaps to avoid disposables and single use plastics.

Buy in bulk

Seek out your closest bulk food store and buy what you can in your own bags and jars. Check out our handy factsheet on how to reduce packaging.

Make your own

Taking your own lunch to work is a great way to use up leftovers, save money, reduce food waste and reduce food packaging.  What’s not to love?

Embrace reuse

Before buying new or getting rid of the old, consider local reuse and repair avenues. You can gift, donate, sell, repair or find just about anything with a little know how. And, it’s easy!

Love your food

Thirty-five percent (35%) of the contents of a general waste bin is unwanted food. This accounts for 5 million tonnes of food wasted, or the equivalent of 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of food waste landfilled each year. Simple tips like menu planning, making a list, sticking to your list, loving your fridge and freezer and eating your leftovers can all reduce the amount of food landfilled each year. And for food that can’t be kept, you can compost it.

Put your waste in the right place

You can reduce your waste by putting it in the right bins or taking it to the appropriate facilities to be recycled or disposed of safely. The WMRC offers workshops, online information, recycling and disposal facilities and events to help you put your waste in the right place! Follow us on socials or subscribe to our Word on Waste newsletter to be kept informed of upcoming events and up to date recycling information.

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