Waste Reduction Hints and Tips
Over 80% of Bedford Borough
residents now regularly recycle their waste. Nationally, recycling
has become a part of life for most people. But have you ever
thought about reducing and reusing the waste you produce?
These are the first steps in the waste hierarchy or the 3 Rs.
This page aims to give you some basic advice about living waste
free and point you in the right direction for finding out more.
- Buy items with less packaging; try to buy loose food items
where possible. Consumer demand for less packaging is
encouraging retailers to change the way they package
products. Find out more.
- Use a bag for life- over 290 carrier bags per person are thrown
away each year!
- Buy products in refillable containers, e.g. soap, detergents,
washing up liquid etc.
- Buy what you need. 'Buy one get one free' offers may be
tempting but will you really use the second one? Avoid these
offers, especially on perishable goods.
- Avoid disposable products- batteries, razors etc. Choose ones
that can be reused instead like rechargeable batteries.
- Choose products made from recycled materials, e.g. recycled
kitchen roll or click
here for a list of websites for more ideas.
- Starting a family? Then consider using Real Nappies
instead of disposables. Find out more information and detail
about Bedford Borough Council's cash back
- Learn to Love Food, Hate Waste. Find out about the
campaign by clicking here.
- Pack a waste free lunch, use old takeaway boxes instead of
cling film or foil.
- Start Home
Composting, it's a great way of getting rid of those raw fruit
and vegetable scraps.
- Stop unwanted junk mail. Visit the Mail Preference Service at
call 08457 034599.
- Help friends and family with gardening, babysitting or treat
them to a day or meal out as a birthday present.
- Clothes, Shoes and Books- Good quality items
can be given to charity shops or to a friend. Some charity shops
will even accept rag, just label your bags up clearly. You
can take unwanted textiles to one of the local mini recycling
- Clothes - Hold a clothes swap or a Give and
Take event, where a group get together to exchange items with each
other. Visit http://www.swishing.com/ for
guidance on how to organise a clothes swapping event.
- Spectacles- Donate them to Vision Aid Overseas
by sending them to Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, RH10 9FZ or take
them to Specsavers where they will send them free of charge.
- Inkjet cartridges and mobile phones- donate
empty inkjet cartridges and mobile phones to The Woodland Trust and
help plant a tree! Simply send them to: The Woodland Trust,
FREEPOST, ShP Solutions.
- Give away an unwanted item or get something
you need second hand free of charge, by visiting
Bedford Freegle or Freecycle.
- Repair items instead of throwing them away,
such as electrical appliances, clothes, shoes and toys.
If you can't reduce or reuse it then remember to
For more information on what can be recycled in the kerbside
recycling collection scheme visit our What Goes In
Each Bin or Sack? page. Go to our Waste
Recycling Centre page to find out the wide range of materials
accepted for recycling at Bedford’s Household Waste Recycling
Centre on Barkers Lane. Find your local recycling site to recycle your
glass bottles and jars.
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