Tips on fighting waste

The best way of dealing with our waste is not to create it in the first place. Waste disposal is a last resort!

Avoiding waste can be done by:

  • Step 1 – Prevention (most preferred)
  • Step 2 - Preparing for re-use
  • Step 3 - Recycling
  • Step 4 - Recovery
  • Step 5 – Disposal (least preferred).

Waste Prevention

  • Keeping products for longer
  • Using less hazardous materials
  • Using less material in design and manufacturing


Here are some ideas:

  • Don't buy things you don't need
  • Choose things that are well made and will last
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Don't just throw things away if they break, try to get them repaired.
  • Buy food with less packaging. For example, buy loose fruit & veg and don't put them in bags
  • Don't use disposable things
  • Use your own shopping bags when you go shopping.


Here are some ideas:

  • Buy second hand from a charity shop, car boot sale or jumble sale. As well as helping your environment you will save a lot of money.
  • Reuse yoghurt pots or the bottom half of plastic bottles as plant pots.
  • Plastic carrier bags can be reused several times as shopping bags. They can also be used as bin liners.
  • Pass on unwanted items to friends or relatives who would like it or sell it to someone else who can make use of it.
  • Buy milk in glass bottles from your milkman, which can be returned for reuse.
  • Buy reusable deodorant, washing products and cleaning products.
  • Buy reusable / real nappies

Donate items to Penallta Reuse Shop or Furniture Revival. Donated items are also available to buy.


Here are some ways in which you can do this:

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