Every year, each of us sends a colossal amount of waste into landfill. We might not think much of it when we put our bins out for collection, but the waste we create can have a considerable and harmful impact on the environment.
The good news is that you don’t have to make dramatic changes to your lifestyle to make a real difference and cut down on your waste. Here, we look at just a few small things you can do to make a big improvement.
1. Favour products with less packaging
This may seem like a simple one but the amount you’ll save by opting for the products with the least packaging is huge. It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to coat their products in a number of layers, many of which are unnecessary and harmful.
Particularly when the layers are made from plastics which cannot be recycled, it is wise to avoid these products altogether, opting instead for simply wrapped alternatives.
2. Switch to online banking
Most banks on the high street today offer their customers the chance to go paper-free. This simply means that your bank will stop sending you paper statements, allowing you to check your banking information online instead.
This can save a large amount of paper each year, most of which is likely to end up shredded and in the bin with a matter of hours. This change is easy to implement and hugely positive. While you may not need a hazardous waste disposal team to deal with you paper, there’s no doubt that it would be better to do without it altogether.
3. Repair broken appliances
The temptation is always there when a key household appliance fails, to replace it and do away with the hassle. The truth is that this can be a terrible decision for the environment. Not only does this mean you’ll be disposing of your old machine sooner than necessary but it increases the demand for more appliances, using more plastics and materials that we need.
It’s best to look into repairing appliances when they run into problems. This will ensure that you are able to get the most from the materials. If it should be the case that a machine is beyond repair, this doesn’t mean it’s time to throw it out. Instead, consider recycling the appliance – it could be used to help repair someone else’s broken machine.