Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
When biodegradable waste (waste that rots down such as paper or food waste) is sent to a landfill site, it breaks down to produce a mixture of gases. These gases include carbon dioxide and methane which scientists believe are responsible for climate change.
By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, we can all help reduce the production of these gases and help limit global warming and climate change. We can all help by reducing, reusing and recycling.
The waste that cannot be recycled, composted or treated is currently sent to landfill but in the future we will need to look for alternatives such as thermal treatment.
- Re-using and recycling are both very important but it is vital that we try to reduce the amount of materials we use to start with.
- There are simple steps we can all take such as using reusable bags at the supermarket, buying rechargeable batteries, using reusable storage containers instead of cling film or tin foil and choosing fruit and veg that are sold loose rather than heavily packaged. These small steps will help to reduce the amount of rubbish we put into our bins.
- We can reduce food waste by being careful about how and what we buy. Avoiding buy-one-get-one free offers on food that is perishable for example
- Eliminate junk mail by registering with the Mailing Preference Service
- Use Real Modern Cotton Nappies instead of disposables - you could save up to £500. See The Real Nappy Project in Ceredigion or the National Real Nappy Campaign
- Before recycling an item it is worth seeing whether it can be reused first.
- Items that can be easily reused include clothes, carrier bags, books and furniture.
- Phoenix furniture reuse scheme have showrooms in Newtown (01686 623336) and Llandrindod (01597 829295) (Powys); while CRAFT operate in Ceredigion (01970 626532).
- Reuse paper as scrap.
- Reuse envelopes by attaching labels.
- Waste Awareness Wales have lots more good ideas on their website.
- Avoid food waste by reusing or re-heating left-overs (being careful about food hygiene and making sure the food is thoroughly cooked)
- Unlike re-use, recycling materials turning a product back into new products, a glass bottle into a glass bottle for example or even an aluminium can into a bicycle
- By recycling we reduce the need for the natural resources that are used to produce the things we buy. Recycling aluminium for example reducing the need to mine bauxite (the ore that aluminium is extracted from) and also therefore reduces the environmental impact that the mining would have created.
- Recycling saves energy because turning waste back into materials uses less energy than making products from raw materials. It takes much less energy to re-melt an old glass bottle into a new one than to create a glass bottle form natural resources.
- Ceredigion and Powys offer a number of ways you can recycle. Visit their websites for more information.
- You can recycle food waste by composting it at home, or by using the Council’s food waste collection service, it will be turned into fertilizer and renewable energy.
For further information on each Local Authority’s recycling schemes, please click the following links: