Households Generate over 30 Million Tonnes of Waste
This is the equivalent weight of 3.5 million double decker buses!
Reducing the amount of waste produced by us and reusing as much as we can instead of just binning it, we not only reduce the volume of material sent to landfill but also reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture new products from raw materials.
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Say No To Plastic Bags
According to research by Asda, 19% of the UK population insist on a new bag every time they shop and over 40% have more than 40 bags stored in their house right now!
One in ten people accept a carrier bag for an item they will consume straight away – it’s virtually useless
- The result is more than 17.5 billion plastic bags being used every year in just the UK alone – that’s more than 290 per person.
- Once discarded, a single plastic bag can take up to 500 years to decompose in a landfill site.
What You Can Do With Your Food Waste
Food waste from your home is just a part of the 30% of waste generated by an average household which can be composted rather than thrown away with the main rubbish.
When mixed with other materials in landfill sites, green waste has the potential to produce polluting liquids along with methane gases which contribute to the greenhouse effect.
Good composting on the other hand can produce valuable nutrients which can be passed back into the earth.
All your food waste makes for great composting material so get into the routine of saving it for the compost. You can also add your cardboard and shredded paper to your compost bin along with all your garden waste.
The compost can then be reused on your garden or donated to neighbours if you don’t have any suitable flowerbeds or pots of your own.