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Reduce and reuse

Compost bin in the garden

Together we can do even more to reduce, reuse and recycle. Whether you use reusable shopping bags, compost at home or buy products with less packaging.

There are many ways of reducing the amount of waste we produce and the energy we consume.

It’s estimated that up to 90 per cent of what we throw away is recoverable, and could be used for something else. The best way to deal with waste is by not producing it at all. There are many ways of reducing the amount of waste we produce and the energy we consume.

The three R’s

All of our efforts to cut waste are based on the principle of the ‘three Rs’ - reduce, reuse and recycle - landfilling should always be the last option.

  • Reduce: minimising waste is the most important strategy in waste management - you can achieve this by buying less and using less. Why not try home composting or reusable nappies? 
  • Reuse: an item’s life should be extended by using it and reusing it as much as possible - donate your unwanted items to give them a new lease of life. 
  • Recycling: items are converted into new products - use your orange bag recycling service or visit one of our recycling centres. 

Donate unwanted items

Before you throw away an item, you might want to consider donating it to somebody else. You can donate your items to our Furniture Bank scheme, or at our Reuse Shop at Gypsum Close Recycling Centre.

Many items can also be reused through local charity shops, auction sites like eBay or websites such as Freecycle.

To find your nearest charity shop please visit the following link:

Love Food Hate Waste

We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year, most of which could have been eaten. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides tips and advice to help us waste less food, and recipes for leftovers. For further information visit the Love Food Hate Waste website which is linked at the top of this page.

Wasting food costs the average family with children around £680 a year, or £50 a month, and has serious environmental implications too. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off the road.