Reducing waste

Reducing your waste is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. From thinking differently about what you buy to using reusable items, there are lots of ways to make a real difference.

Recycle at home

The easiest way to recycle at home is by making sure you put the correct items into your grey recycling bin and recycling as many of these items as possible.

See which household items can be recycled in your grey bin:

Grey Bin Guide and Information

Food waste

Avoiding throwing out food will save you money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions:  

  • Pre-plan meals to avoid unnecessary buying    
  • Always write a shopping list    
  • Perfect portions - only cook what you need 

  • Store and freeze leftovers

  • Use up leftovers

Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips and advice to help everyone waste less food. 

Charity shops and re-use

Before you dispose of items you no longer need, think about donating to a charity shop or using a website such as Rutland Freecycle to pass them on to others who could use them.  

Recycle bags and reduce packaging

Some supermarkets will collect plastic carrier bags at their stores as a result of an agreement with the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Some may also accept clean plastic film packaging for recycling.

Please visit the Recycle Now web site for further information. 

Reusable bag for life

By switching to a ‘bag for life’ you can prevent plastic bags ending up in your bin.

Here are a few handy hints to help you remember to use your bags:

  • Take bags with you every time you go shopping   
  •  Keep spare bags in your car or at work so you’re never without
  • Let the check-out staff know you’ve brought your own before they pack for you - some shops offer rewards for bag reuse

Stop unwanted junk mail

Reducing the amount of junk mail you receive reduces the amount of waste paper that has to be disposed of and recycled.

Here are some ways you can help to reduce your junk mail:

  • Join the Mail Preference Service to have your name removed from Direct Mailing lists
  • Reduce unaddressed junk mail by joining the Royal Mail Door to Door service. Further details can be found by contacting Royal Mail
  • Refuse leaflets and flyers. Display a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your door or mail box
Avoid joining mailing lists. When filling out forms or surveys, tick the box stating you don't want to receive further information or offers

Real nappies

Modern real nappies are a cost-effective way reduce the amount of waste you put in your black bin.

By the time your baby is potty trained you could use 4,000 to 6,000 disposable nappies. 

There is a huge range of modern Real Nappies available. The modern designs are slightly more expensive to use than the traditional toweling nappies but still much cheaper than disposables in the long run.

We have a Real Nappy Trial Kit available for parents to borrow so they can see first-hand the different types and styles of nappies available. If you would like to borrow the kit or for more information on Real Nappies, contact us on@ 01572 722 577 or email:

The Melton Mowbray Nappy Library is also available to Rutland residents. Email: for more details or search for the 'Melton Mowbray Nappy Library' on Facebook. 

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