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Waste Reduction Hints and Tips

waste hierarchy

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.

  


Reduce

PackagingPackaging

  • 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.

 

Product ChoiceIn the supermarket

  • 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 scheme.

 

Foodfood waste

  • 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.

 

OtherJunk Mail

  • Stop unwanted junk mail. Visit the Mail Preference Service at http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/ or call 08457 034599.
  • Help friends and family with gardening, babysitting or treat them to a day or meal out as a birthday present.  

 


 

Reusefurniture reuse

Shoes

 

  • 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 sites

Textiles

 

  • 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.

spectacle recycling

 

  • 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.

Mobile Phones

  • 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.

Freegle

 

 

Hammer

 

  • 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 recycle!

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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