Tips to prevent and reduce waste
How can I lighten my General Waste bin?
• Upcycle it – Before your bin it, could it be reused for something else?
• Fix it – Before you bin it, can you repair it?
• Donate it – Give reusable items to family and friends. You can also donate them to charity or place them on www.freetradeireland.ie
• Before you bin it check to see if it’s recyclable or compostable.
• Remove any water or liquid from the item so it is a light as possible.
• Keep glass out and bring it to your bottle bank. It’s FREE.
How can I lighten by Recycling bin?
• To reduce weight ensure that used food containers and clean and dry.
• Look for goods with less packaging.
• Chose goods in refillable packaging such as detergent and coffee.
• Leave packaging in the shop if allowed e.g. shoe boxes.
• Invest in a refillable waste bottle, coffee cup and lunch box to reduce waste when you are on the move.
• Look out for compostable and recycling symbols on packaging.
• Place a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on your letter box.
• Follow the list of recyclables materials accepted by your waste collection company.
How can I lighten my Organic bin?
• You could compost the uncooked vegetable waste instead of placing it in the food waste brown bin.
• Make sure fruit and vegetables are stored correctly so you can get time to eat it.
• Keep all dairy products in the fridge to preserve them as long as possible.
• Check the use-by-date before purchasing to ensure you will have time to eat it before it goes out of date.
• Us up leftovers to make another recipe, or as tomorrows lunch (note food safety guidance should be followed when storing and preparing food).
• When shopping try to make a list of what you need and stick to it.
• Use your freezer.