The environment is too important not to care about. And one the greatest issues affecting it is the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Too Much Waste Sent to Landfills

LandfillsOne of the best ways to help the environment is not to waste the earth’s resources. Yet despite this being common knowledge, vast quantities of needless waste are sent to landfills year after year.

Many people are careless with their purchases, and all to ready to throw things away. It has also become completely normal to repeatedly buy new, inferior quality products, rather than something that will last.

As a result, landfill sites are filling up with materials which could have been put to good use. And at the same time, more of the earth’s natural resources are sacrificed to serve a need that could have been addressed by this waste.

One rather shocking statistic is that as much a one third of all food bought in the UK ends up in a landfill. That’s around 7 million tonnes of food wasted every single year. 

How to Minimise This

But things don’t need to be like this. The amount of needless waste sent to landfills can be reduced by a simple change in attitudes. Here’s some of the things you can do to help:

Make the Most of Your Food

  • Don’t throw away leftovers. Throw in some new ingredients for an extra delicious meal.
  • Check “best before” dates regularly on food in your fridge and cupboards. Don’t let anything go off without being eaten.
  • Cook bigger meals and freeze portions for another day.
  • Don’t buy fruit and vegetables in packs. You won’t end up with more than you need, and you’ll save on packaging.
  • Reseal bags and use storage containers to keep food fresh for longer.
  • Plan your meals in advance, and only buy what you need.

And with these measures, you won’t just reduce waste; a family of 4 would also save around £50 per month.

Compost

It goes without saying that you can’t eat everything, such as skins or peelings. But rather than send this to the landfill, you can still make use of it by composting it.

So rather than contributing to landfill waste, you can use your natural waste to help things grow in your garden, and provide you with an extra free, healthy source of food.

Reusable Bags

Reusable bags have become much more common of late. And rightly so. Rather than going through hundreds of non-biodegradable plastic bags every year, and sending them on to a landfill, you can simply use one single bag made from natural materials.

Reduce Junk Mail

If you’re receiving lots of junk mail in the post and wish to stop this, take steps to remove yourself from these mailing lists, and you’ll further reduce the amount of paper waste from your home.

By following these relatively simple steps, you can significantly reduce the amount of overall waste that you contribute to landfill sites. And if enough people follow suit, you’ll help make a great positive impact on the environment.

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