Tips For Low Cost Waste Reduction

Tips For Low Cost Waste Reduction

Eliminating household waste in a cost effective manner is the dream of most households; as the garbage generated can reach a staggering tonne per person per annum. Some ways in which this can be achieved are listed below.

Reuse When Renovating Or Building

Besides saving money, visiting building salvage yards are the best bet when renovating or building a house, as they often hand you a classy vintage find, such as antique window frames, fittings, decking supplies and floorboards. Vice versa, when demolishing a building, contact such salvage yards to haul away your unwanted material, and save on the cost of getting rid of it.

Make Recycling A Way Of Life

Use your council-provided garbage bins to recycle your household plastic packages, glass jars, cans, cardboard and paper. Note the items which your council accepts as recyclable and note the recycling numbers of your plastic items.

Learn The Benefits Of Composting

With the amount of regular food wastage by most households, composting should be a way of life. Instead of throwing your food waste into the landfill, which decomposes and releases methane gas, compost it and turn it into garden fertiliser. Composting involves oxygen, which allows micro-organisms to thrive in the compost pile and process your organic waste; including vegetable and fruit remains, paper, hair, dust, rice, bread and meat. To keep away rodents from your compost heap, especially with meat remains, you can line the garbage can with chicken wire or opt for sealed containers like Bokashi bins.

You can either buy a compost bin from the hardware shop or nursery, which will set you back by 43; or opt to make your own heap. You can create a compost pile in an open area, with adequate sunlight, by alternating kitchen waste scraps with grass and plant matter. Turn over the pile at least once a week, so as to air the decomposing waste. You can begin using the fertiliser once the compost pile has turned into dark brown soil.

Opt for Eco-Friendly Packaging

Using reusable and eco-friendly shopping bags, and avoiding packaged foods, can help minimise waste.

Visit the Thrift Store

Thrift stores like the Salvation Army take your used items like old books, toys, clothes, knick knacks, cds and even furniture items.

Choose Reusable Over Disposable

As a cheaper and more eco-friendly option, opt for reusable items rather than disposable ones. For example, use cloth nappies over disposable ones, handkerchiefs over paper tissues, and reusable razors over one-time use plastic ones.

Watch Your Rubbish Bags Shrink

Following these tips, and you may be left with nothing but a small bag of weekly garbage. Many councils and waste collection organisations routinely collect bigger items like white goods and broken electronic products.