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Reducing your waste and composting

Reducing your waste

Recycling all you can is great, but the best thing you can do with your waste is to reduce it. Not only does reducing cut down on waste, it also cuts down on your bills.

Reducing your food waste

  • in the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten
  • it's costing us £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too
  • to reduce the amount of food waste that you throw away and for handy recipe tips that utilise your leftovers, information on date labelling, portion sizing and storage information, visit Love food hate waste (opens new window)

Reducing your waste

By shopping smart, you can reduce your waste and save money by buying less often. Buy products with little or no packaging e.g. loose fruit and vegetables, take re-usable bags shopping, avoid buying disposable items and try using refills, repair items where possible, close the loop and buy products made from recycled goods.


Up to 50% of the rubbish we throw away can be composted. Composting is nature's way of recycling. Millions of tiny, microscopic bugs eat the things we put into our compost bins and break it down into a crumbly, soil-like material - compost. This compost can then be used in pot plants or on the garden to improve the condition of your soil, in turn saving you money.

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