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Reducing Waste at Home

Simple steps to reducing your waste at home.

Reduce Food Waste – There are many ways to reduce food waste. Here are some top tips.

Planning: A little bit of planning really is the key to reducing food waste, and will help you save time, money and eat more healthily. It will also give you more room in your household waste bin. Find out why your shopping list could help to save the planet: Love Food Hate Waste.

Cooking: It’s easy to prepare too much food. Portion planning and being savvy with your leftovers can make a huge difference in helping you to waste less food. It will also give you more room in your household waste bin. Check out this article for guidelines on portioning for children.

Storage: There is a lot more to storage than just a neat looking kitchen. Storing food in the right way extends the life of your food, and helps you to stay on top of what you have got: A to Z of Food Storage.

Food Rescue: Despite the best intentions, there will still be times when we will struggle to use up food before it’s past its best. Rescue your leftovers with some handy ideas: Make the Most of your Leftovers

Disposal: There will always be odds and ends that can’t be used such as coffee grounds, banana skins and tea bags, but these still have goodness left to give. Composting your odds and ends is a great way to turn something old and unusable into something new and useful. Find out more about home composting here

Make full use of your recycling collection service - Save room in your household rubbish bin by recycling everything that you can. 

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, metal tins, cans, empty aerosols, clean foil, glass bottles and jars in your blue wheelie bin.
  • Paper and card in your blue bag. 

Make room - Squashing recyclable material to make room in your recycling bin and bag.


  • Crush cans
  • Squash plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Break cardboard down and flatten

There is no BIN in Fashion - Donate your unwanted textiles and clothes instead of throwing them away. Check out this handy locator to find out where you can take them to be recycled and reused: What to do with Clothing and Textiles.

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Last updated 18 February 2021

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