Reducing the amount of waste that we produce is something we can all do in our everyday lives.
It is more important then reusing and recycling because by reducing our waste we actually cut down on the amount of waste that enters our homes in the first place. Waste reduction conserves resources and saves money as well as landfill space
There are many ways that you can reduce the amount of waste in your bin:
• Re-use carrier bags and boxes
• Avoid buying products with excessive layers of packaging
• Avoid dispoable items such as single use batteries, nappies etc.
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• Find out if there is a more durable, longer lasting alternative to the product you want to buy. e.g. a reusable shopping bag.
• Reduce the amount of junk mail received by registering with MPS ( Mail Preference Service) who will remove your name from up to 95% of direct mail lists. Tel 0845 703 4599 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Donate unwanted furniture to Melton and District Re-use Project (http://www.meltonfurnitureproject.co.uk/).
Suitable items are collected free of charge from within most areas of Rutland Tel: 01664 410380 or Email email@example.com
• Don't buy too much food and use up any leftovers. A third of the food we buy gets thrown away. Visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ for tips on how to reduce your food waste.
• Compost your vegetable peelings along with your grass cuttings etc from the garden. Reduced rate composters area available to all Rutland residents. To order please call 0845 1306090 or visit http://www.rutland.getcomposting.com/