What is waste?

Waste is something that is no longer useful or wanted, that can’t be recycled, reused or recovered in any way. These items will end up being sent to landfill.

Please note: your general waste bin may have a blue or red lid depending on what could area you are in.

Examples of waste include:

Disposable nappies
Foam/polystyrene food trays and cups
Damaged ropes and hoses
Garbage bags
Rags and old fabric
Broken glass and crockery
Kitty litter crystals
Why waste it? When you can avoid, reduce, re-use, recycle or compost it!

All of the items that we use and consume; eg. cars, buildings, clothes, food, containers, and furniture, are made from our environment and use natural resources like water, coal, oil or wood. If these products aren’t reused or recycled and sent to landfill, then new material has to come from our environment to create new products. This uses energy, water and other natural resources. Greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change, are created by the production and transport of materials as well as through rotting organic material in landfill. There is also less and less space available for landfill sites.

Avoiding waste is the best option for the environment, then reducing, reusing and recycling as depicted by the waste management hierachy below;

The waste management hierarchy
Top 10 waste avoidance tips
1.Use re-usable and refillable containers for storing food and drinks instead of single-use disposable containers.
2.Use a re-usable coffee cup, some cafes now offer a discount for using your own cup.
3.Avoid using coffee pod machines as they create a huge amount of waste. Many pods are made from aluminium which is one of the most energy intensive materials to produce. Nespresso offers a recycling service for pods, so if you already have a pod machine, please recycle your pods at one of their collection stores.
4.Bring your reusable shopping bags with you when shopping and store them in your car so that you don’t forget them, and for those unplanned ‘stop by the shop on the way home’ occasions.
5.Prepare a list of the things you need before you go shopping to avoid ending up with items that you may not need or want.
6.Buy larger, bulk packages and avoid small individually wrapped items.
7.Buy cleaning products in concentrated form and use a refillable container to store it. Or, why not make your own homemade cleaning products using ingredients such baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. There are many great recipes on the web.
8.Compost your food scraps using your own compost system at home or through your green organics bin.
9.Prepare smaller meals and pack the leftovers into containers for ready-made lunches or for dinner the following night.
10.Donate your unwanted clothes, toys and other goods to charity and second hand stores and while you are there why not purchase as few things that you may need too?

These top ten waste avoidance tips will save you money as well as saving the planet.

Download the flyers below for more information on ways you can avoid, reduce and re-use your waste.

Click here to download the “Why waste it? When you can avoid and reduce it” flyer
Click here to download the “Why waste it? When you can re-use it.” flyer
What happens to waste after collection?

Waste collected in your blue or red lidded bins is taken to waste processing facilities and placed into landfill. The landfill sites are large holes dug into the ground, where rubbish is compacted and then covered over with soil once the site is full. Pipes are used to extract the gases released as organic material breaks down in the landfill site. This gas can be used to generate electricity.