Five Ways to Reduce Your Impact on the World

Five simple things you can do to reduce your impact on the world are:

  1. Buy Less

  2. Reducing what you throw away is the first step on the waste hierarchy. Ultimately only buy what you need and opt for locally sourced products with minimum packaging if it’s available.

  3. Reuse

  4. This is the second step on the waste hierarchy and encourages people to reuse as much as possible. This could be anything from using your washed-out ice cream tubs as containers for leftovers to salvaging old clothing to make something new and fabulous.

  5. Recycle

  6. Recycling, the third step on the waste hierarchy is one of the simplest things you can do both inside and outside of the house. At home your council collections are a great place to start, you will need to check with your local authority as to what you can put in which bin as it does vary depending on which items your local recycling facilities can process.

    Outside of the home is a little bit more complicated as the accepted materials will differ from place to place. In the workplace, recycling should (hopefully) be clearer with simple signage.

    If your current waste contractor isn’t making recycling as easy as possible, get in touch with us to see how we could help.

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  7. Avoid Food Waste

  8. Recycle Now report that every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 a month. There is some unavoidable food waste, but before you throw it in your general waste bin check with your council to find out if they collect food waste for recycling.

    If your business produces a large amount of food waste, you should consider implementing a food recycling system. All the food waste we collect primarily gets recycled into an organic fertiliser to be used in the agriculture industry to help grow new crops.

  9. Use Less Water

  10. It’s estimated that the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water each day. Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth could save as much water as 6 litres every minute while taking shorter showers could save between 6 and 45 litres a minute.

    BONUS TIP. Keep a jug of water in the fridge so that you don’t need to waste water waiting for it to run cold.

There are hundreds of things that individuals could do to make more of a positive impact on the environment. If you think your business could improve its waste and recycling processes get in touch with one of our waste experts by;

Emailing our sales team
Calling 03330 433 033
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