10 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Household Waste

10 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Household Waste

Your household generates more waste than you think. From junk mail to food scraps, these materials take time and money to be taken care of properly. Fortunately, there are some things we can do to reduce the waste we generate at home. Here are some examples:

10 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Household Waste

  1. Repurpose and recycle old bottles. Many individuals enjoy a glass of wine a day, but the problem with these bottles is that they pile up quickly. You can repurpose them instead of just tossing them into the trash. You can turn your empty wine bottles into lamps, oil, and vinegar dispensers. You can also check in with your local recycling facility because they accept wine bottles depending on the type and color, and some of these bottles may still be recycled.
  2. Reduce kitchen waste. According to the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States (amounting to about $165 billion per year) goes uneaten. Reduction of this figure by just 15 percent will feed an additional 25 million Americans. To help out, you can check food-sharing websites like Crown Kitchen. Food-sharing websites connect exchange food items to help reduce food waste.
  3. Check your closet. The average American household throws away 175 pounds of clothing every year, but some of these clothes can still be used! Gently worn items can be donated to Goodwill or charities that give them to families in need. If you’re up for a little extra cash, you can hold a garage sale or sell them on eBay.
  4. Avoid trash from getting smelly. When your garbage smells bad, you would want it out of the house as soon as possible — even if the trash bag isn’t full yet. To avoid this from happening, you can utilize a compost bin for your kitchen scraps. Composting keeps the kitchen waste out of the trash and, as a result, your kitchen does not get smelly. You can also make use of sealed trash bags that blocks and neutralizes the odors, and leaves behind clean scents.
  5. Take-out responsibly. Take-out orders generate an enormous amount of excessive waste. Avoid this by sharing an entree to avoid food waste. Another tip is to forego the free napkins and utensils because you can use the ones you have at home anyway.
  6. Save on paper!
  • In this day and age, phonebooks are not necessary. Opt out of these gigantic phone books by going to yellowpagesoptout.com.
  • You don’t need junk mail. Go to websites like catalogchoice.org and stopthejunkmail.com.
  • Set up paperless billing transactions and simply ask to receive your monthly bills via your email.
  1. Forget about bottled water. Americans throw away about 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. These bottles end up in landfills or worse, at the bottom of the ocean. Switch to a trendy reusable glass bottle instead.
  2. Eat healthy. Buy fresh foods and buy them in bulk, Support your local farmer’s market and butcher. Remember that the healthiest foods require the least amount of packaging.
  3. Buy less. Do not buy stuff you don’t need. For your necessities, choose for quality and durability over disposable ones.
  4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Always keep in mind these three principles.

 

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