It’s a common problem: you household produces a lot of waste, and at times it seems difficult to understand where it’s all coming from, how it should be stored, or how to get rid of it in a proper way. After all, we usually depend on the pick-up service and – especially where there are limitations of space or access to proper storage – the thing can seem to run out of hand at times. It shouldn’t have to, actually. There are little things you can do to make your life a whole lot easier – and to help the environment a little along at the same time. It’s all about setting up a working system. Here’s how to manage the waste you produce in your home.
Sounds easier said than done, but the fact is that there are many simple things you can do that make a big difference. The mere act of examining your waste and where it comes from will significantly help you along the way – it’ll give you great ideas. Here are just some:
Think cloth, not plastic. Bring your cloth bag when you go shopping. It ensures small but regular savings.
Avoid a lot of packaging. If you can find a product similar to the one you are currently using, but with less packaging, then opt for that one.
Create a compost system. It’s easy and it’s fun – and if you love plants, you’ll find it an interesting project.
Think volume. Rather than buying two small bottles, buy one big one. You get the same with less packaging. Think volume (it’s cheaper, too!)
Get rid of paper. You don’t need a written reminder, do you? Receive your bills via email.
A side note: if you have less waste, you may even end up paying less for waste services (one tip for this: find a waste collection partner which operates on a broker model, so they are less expensive as well).
Reuse and recycle
Again, this is much easier when you know a couple of tricks. Here are some:
Reuse containers. Plant flowers. Store your juice in water bottles. Use jars for storing nails and screws.
Create proper storage spaces. Separate the garbage, and classify it. It will help you keep things in check.
Here’s one last note on composting: it’s not just a good idea in terms of reusing or recycling biodegradable waste, it’s also a wonderful idea because you get rid of pests in your waste storage area – which reduces the stench, the possibility of disease, and keeps everything tidy and clean. You also won’t have other animals on the pry – which can be a problem if there is a lot of wildlife in your area. And by the way; compost can be used in the garden, the home, or can be sold. Yes, there may even be financial benefit in it.
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