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Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Rachael T. Campbell

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Household Tips and Tricks to Reduce the Need for Waste Removal

A certain amount of household waste removal is inevitable, but everyone wants to live more sustainably, right? There are plenty of things you can do to make your household greener when it comes to waste – making less of it is a great start. Even when you have to turn to a waste removal company, for example for large items like old furniture or appliances, there are ways to make even that greener! Here we take a look at some of the ways you can reduce your household’s impact on the environment, and save a bit of cash to boot.

‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without’

Granny knew a thing or two about reducing waste! In the 1940s, most resources were directed toward winning the war, leaving little for people to live with. It meant that they had to do the best they could with what they had. Our goal today isn’t necessarily about stretching resources, but we can still use granny’s old adage to help us reduce the amount of waste we generate. Don’t throw away that almost-empty fabric softener – leave the old bottle to drain the last of its contents into the new one first. It might not seem like much but if you can do it with most of your consumables, over time you will save a lot of plastic. Mend broken things if possible rather than throw them away – you will save money and help save the environment at the same time. If possible, buy things that are made to last rather than disposable items. It’s not always an option, but take it if you can.

Buy fruit and veg from a local grocer if possible

Not only are the veg generally fresher and better tasting (and happy wheels demo usually cheaper!), they also come with far less packaging. Same goes for meat, with the addition that the local butcher can answer questions about the sources of the meat they sell. Some supermarkets are beginning to reduce the amount of packaging their food is sold in, but if yours doesn’t then send them a message by buying certain items elsewhere. Buy in bulk if you are able, as this will also drastically reduce waste and packaging.

Go hipster

Upcycle! If you have an old wooden headboard and you have the time and skills, get a cheap bar-butler, dismantle it and make yourself a mini-bar. You can add vintage metal signs, or fairy lights, or whatever takes your fancy! It doesn’t even have to be on that large a scale – old yoghurt pots with a hole punched in the bottom make great flower pots for growing your own herbs on the windowsill. Glass jars can become candle holders, or containers for homemade jam or chutney. There are hundreds of websites with suggestions for taking old, unwanted items and transforming them into new useful things – have a look around online for suggestions.

When it’s unavoidable, find an environmentally-friendly waste removal service

Sometimes it’s not possible to mend an old item or turn it into something else, so waste removal is the only option. Waste Express will collect same day, next day or booked up to three months in advance at a very reasonable price, and they divert over 90% of the waste they collect from landfill. You don’t have to lift a finger once they arrive as they will do all the work – you don’t even need to be there! Just make sure you are contactable so they can let you know when it’s all done.

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