5 ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce
When you hire a skip, you'll pay more for a larger skip than a smaller skip. However, if you overload the skip or if it has to be emptied multiple times, then this will prove more costly. So, the most cost-effective solution is to hire the right size skip for your needs.
To keep the cost of skip hire to a minimum, you must look to reduce your waste output. But how do you do this? Whether you're a commercial customer about to carry out a construction project or a homeowner needing to dispose of garden or household waste, we've got some tips on how to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
1) What can be recycled?
This question is relevant for both construction workers on site and homeowners. If you're not sure what can be recycled, do some research. From glass to wood, many materials are recyclable. Aggregates, metals, cardboard and plasterboard can all be recycled. For construction waste, bricks and concrete can be reused. It's always a good idea to buy products which are sustainable and can be reused.
2) Avoid ordering more than you need
If you're having garden landscaping or renovation work done, plan what you'll need in terms of materials and try not to order more than you need. If you over-order, then you'll have more to dispose of.
3) Buy products with limited packaging
It's usually more cost-efficient to buy products and materials in bulk, but as we've already noted, you don't want to be ordering more than you have to. Instead, look to source products and materials with limited packaging so there is less packaging to get rid of.
4) One person's trash is another person's treasure
The old adage still rings true. You may no longer have use for that old chest of drawers, but there might be someone living on your road who would snap it up in a shot. Second-hand furniture can easily find a new home, just make sure you've given it a clean. Ask neighbours, put an ad in your local newsagents, or ask at the local community centre or charity shop.
5) What can be reused?
When you start to think about it, lots of household items can be reused and repurposed. From reusing cardboard boxes and plastic bottles to plastic bags, don't just discard items. Think about how they can be reused.
If you adhere to these tips, you'll fast be on your way to being waste efficient.