Rubbish removal is something that everyone has to deal with, but there are ways that you can reduce the amount of rubbish that you produce in your home. Take a look at these tips:
1. Buy Bulk Items With Minimal Packaging
A lot of household rubbish is packaging. Start to closely look at the packaging on the items that you buy. Try to avoid items that are over packaged, and pick another brand if possible.
Also, consider buying products in bulk. A single large container of washing up liquid, for example, involves less packaging than numerous small bottles.
However, make sure that you aren't accidentally buying bulk items that consist of more packaging. For instance, if you are buying crips in bulk, you just want one giant bag. You don't want a giant bag around lots of little bags with packaging in between.
2. Start Composting
Food waste is another big contributor to home rubbish. Consider saving veg peels and similar items from the landfill by putting them in a compost bucket.
Unfortunately, however, you can't compost meat scraps without a bit of extra effort. To reduce that type waste, make a point of going through your fridge every three days to freeze leftovers you aren't going to eat right away.
3. Remember to Recycle
If you aren't already recycling, now is the time to start. You can recycle glass, plastic, metals like aluminium and several other materials. On top of that, you are legally obligated to recycle things like e-waste (computers, electronics, etc) and old appliances.
4. Buy Quality
In a lot of cases, people end up throwing out items that allegedly weren't designed to be disposable. That includes broken kids' toys, bent kitchen utensils, clothing with unsightly holes, and a wide range of other consumer products.
The best way to avoid falling into this trap is by purchasing quality items. When you spend a bit of extra time or money finding high-quality items, you reduce the amount of stuff that you put in your rubbish. Even if you no longer use the item, it's easier to give it away or sell it if it's still in nice shape.
5. Invest in Durable Goods to Replace Recyclable Items
Little changes such as getting a water filter can also help. If you buy lots of bottled water, you can put an end to that rubbish-generating habit by getting a water filter. Similarly, you may want to get cloth grocery totes so you can stop using plastic bags. Just look over your life to find places where you may be able to substitute durable goods for disposable items.