Throwing things away is a waste of the energy and the resources taken to make the product. Reducing the number of things that need to be thrown away, reduces the amount of materials which have to be quarried and mined.

Reduce, Re-use, Repair and Recycle

Reduce
We should all avoid products with excessive packaging

 

The production of the packaging uses additional energy

The extra volume and weight will have to be transported (by lorries, aircraft, ships etc.)

Packaging then takes more space at land fill sites

The packaging will need to be collected from your home by a large waste disposal truck



Re-use
Everyone should try and re-use products for as long as feasibly possible. It is amazing how often people buy certain products and use them only once or twice, even though they can be re-used many times. For instance can you think of some items of clothing you have worn only once?

Recycle
Recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making things from scratch.

For example:

Making Aluminium cans from old ones uses 1/20 of the energy to make them from raw materials.

315kg of CO2 is saved per tonne of glass recycled after transportation and processing

Making bags from recycled polythene takes one third the Sulphur Dioxide and half the Nitrous Oxide.


Another form of recycling is composting household and garden waste.

Why compost?

it helps fertilize soil, making plants and vegetables grow better

using home made compost will minimise depletion of peat bogs

reduces the number of refuse collections needed

reduces the strain on land fill sites


What can you compost?

Garden waste (fallen leaves, grass cuttings and pruning's)

Kitchen waste (such as raw vegetables, fruit, crushed egg shells, tea leaves and tea bags)

In addition try, shredded paper and cardboard.


Gifting items to charity is also an excellent form of recycling. Charities not only sell old clothes, but would also appreciate other house hold items, such as books, music CDs, videos, etc. As well as saving the planet against global warming you will also be helping others.