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Recycling: How to Reduce Waste?

Reduce: Minimise Waste at the Source

The best way to tackle waste is to produce less of it in the first place. Purchasing items in bulk reduces the amount of packaging waste, while choosing reusable items over disposable ones can significantly cut down on single-use plastics. Opting for products with minimal or no packaging helps as well. 

Reuse: Give Items a Second Life

Reusing items can significantly cut down on waste. Repurposing containers like jars, bottles, and other items for storage or DIY projects can be very effective. Donating items you no longer need and considering buying used items instead of new ones can also help reduce waste. Repairing broken items instead of throwing them away saves resources and money.

Recycle Properly: Make It Count

When recycling, ensure you're doing it right to maximise the benefits. Rinsing out containers to remove food residue is essential to keep the recycling stream clean. Following local guidelines for sorting recyclables ensures that materials are processed correctly. Keeping non-recyclable items out of the recycling bin to avoid contamination is crucial. 

Compost: Turn Waste into Nutrients

Composting is an excellent way to recycle organic waste and create nutrient-rich soil for gardens. Starting a compost bin to collect kitchen scraps like fruit peels, vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, and eggshells is a great way to reduce waste. Adding yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and small branches enhances the composting process. 

Understanding recycling 

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