Waste minimisation actually prevents the generation of waste in the first place, so it is the most preferred method of waste management and goes a long way toward protecting the environment.
There are solutions and ways in which everyone can help reduce the amount of waste we produce. Waste prevention, or ‘waste minimisation’, means consuming and throwing away less.
We all need to reduce the amount of waste that we produce in order to cut the amount of material being sent to landfill. There are many ways in which you can do your part. By following the waste hierarchy you can reduce the amount of waste you throw away.
Reduce – Minimising what we throw away is the best solution to waste management
Re-use – Needlessly making new products wastes energy and resources – re-use the products you have
Recycle – Recycling old products into new ones saves raw materials
Our own advice is to reduce the amount of waste you produce in the first place, reuse whatever you can and what waste you do have, recycle it.
• purchasing durable, long-lasting goods
• repairing what is broken or giving it to someone who can repair it
• seeking products and packaging that are as environmentally friendly as possible
• re-designing products to use less raw material in production, have a longer life, or be used again after its original use.
Further ways to reduce waste include repairing, donating to charity and community groups, or selling items you no longer need or want. Reusing products, when possible, is better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again. Ways to re-use include:
• Using durable coffee mugs
• Using cloth napkins or towels
• Refilling bottles
• Donating old magazines or surplus equipment
• Reusing boxes
• Turning empty jars into containers for leftover food
• Purchasing refillable pens and pencils
• Participating in a paint collection and reuse program.
For more waste prevention information please see our sister site www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.