Reduce your waste

There are many things that we can do to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Reduce

Reducing the amount of waste you produce is both the most environmentally friendly and also the most cost-effective option.

  • Reduce packaging - If you buy products with less packaging you could reduce your waste by as much as a third and save money
  • Reduce food waste - Visit Recycle for Norfolk for hints and tips on how to reduce the amount of food waste you throw away
  • Washable nappies - Why not try using washable nappies rather than disposable ones; this will help reduce the waste you produce
  • Reusable bags - Why not take a canvas bag with you to the shops to avoid using a disposable one? You can even encourage your local shops to make your whole community plastic bag free
  • Opt out of junk mail - You can prevent this by registering your details with the Mailing Preference Service which stops personally addressed unsolicited mail. Join the Mailing Preference Service

Reuse

Reusing items that you already have is a great way of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. It can also save you loads of money.

Instead of taking your unwanted items to the tip, try selling them on sites like eBay or Gumtree or donate them through sites like Freegle, Freecycle.

Some of our recycling centres have Reuse Shops, where you can donate your unwanted items instead of dumping them. there are Reuse Shops at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King's Lynn, Mayton Wood and Thetford

All your unwanted textiles can be used again, no matter what condition they are in. Read more about recycling your textiles on Recycle for Norfolk.

Or try these ideas

  • Hold a Give and Take Day - Invite people in your local community to donate their unwanted, reusable items and take away items they want and have a use for without having to buy them. Give and Take Days can include a range of different types of items or can focus on a particular type, for example books, furniture, shoes, CDs, DVDs, etc
  • Host a Swishing Event - Swishing is a great way to swap your old unloved clothes for different ones. It involves a group of people bringing along their nice, clean, presentable clothes that are lurking unloved at the back of their wardrobes and swapping them with each other. For more information, visit the Get Swishing.com website
  • Organise a Garden Produce Swap Day - Do you grow your own fruit and vegetables? Do you always end up with too many of one type of vegetable and wish you could swap it for something else? A Swap Day enables local gardeners to swap their excess courgettes for someone else’s excess carrots, or their apples for some pears
  • Hold a Jumble Sale or a Car Boot Sale - Help people in your local community clear out some of their unwanted items and sell them to others who need them
  • Organise a Knit and Natter - Arrange a group meeting used to develop local skills to mend and repair clothing or to create new items; it gives experienced knitters the opportunity to share their knowledge with beginners

Recycle

Help promote recycling and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

  • Set up a Community Composting Scheme - Community composting enables local communities to collect garden material from households in the community, take it to a community site and make it into compost for use in their own gardens. Read more about composting on Recycle for Norfolk.
  • Install local recycling banks and collect Recycling Credits - Recycling banks can collect a wide range of household recyclable items, for example paper and cardboard, glass, cans and tins, textiles, shoes or plastics