Reducing your rubbish

  • 30 June 2010
  • Home Energy Centre
The best way to minimise the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill is not recycling, but reducing the amount produced in the first place. Packaging plays an important role in our day to day life, by protecting food and other products from damage. It is typically light plastic and generally makes up around a third of a typical rubbish bag in volume.

Below are a few simple ways of reducing your rubbish:
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • Choose products with little or no packaging.
  • Buy products wrapped in re-usable or recyclable packaging.
  • Don’t use a plastic shopping bag when you only have a couple of items.
  • Take a re-usable shopping bag with you.
  • Buy re-usable, long-lasting, repairable products instead of disposable items.
  • Buy products from suppliers with take-back schemes. See the What is Business doing? information for details on take back schemes.
  • Buy second hand products - they usually cost less, re-use resources and save on landfill waste.
  • Take your own mug when getting a hot coffee from a store. This reduces disposable cups being sent to landfill.
  • Choose products that display the Environmental Choice tick. Environmental choice is a label that tells you that products have met minimum environmental standards.

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