Managing waste is something we can all do. If we reconsider what we throw into the rubbish bin, we can reduce the amount of material that goes to landfill. Over 60% of rubbish that currently goes to landfill can be recycled or reused. It is important to make full use of your kerbside recycling service. Remember, you are the most important person in the process of waste reduction.
Reduce – preventing waste from occurring in the first place means that it will not have to be disposed of.
Reuse - if you can't prevent waste, then try and reuse it. Reusing items means that you don't have to buy new ones, which saves precious resources. Consider opportunities to reuse items before sending them to the rubbish dump. Waste should only be sent to landfill as a last resort after having considered every other waste reduction avenue.
Recycle - the third and final step in the waste cycle. Recycling recovers value from things that would otherwise simply be disposed of. There are many items that can be recycled such as glass, paper, steel and aluminium from cans, foil and plastics. For further information, please see our detailed recycling fact sheet.
Waste reduction is as important as recycling because it saves our finite natural resources, saves energy, and cuts down on pollution and disposal space and costs.
Household waste production has more than doubled in the last twenty years, dramatically increasing the demand for landfill space and the costs of waste disposal. Landfills are designed with the latest technology to keep wastes contained (and protect the environment), and because of this, they take a lot of time to build and are very expensive. It's important to reserve landfill space only for those wastes that (if not contained) will harm the environment.