The four Rs

REFUSE

~ No thanks

  • Say no to plastic bags and take your own reusable bag when you go to the shop. Encourage family, friends and collegues to use reusable bags whenever possible.
  • While at markets, take your own container and cutlery for your food purchases.

REDUCE

~ use less!

Avoid waste by looking at ways of producing and using goods that stop waste being generated. Choose products that can be used productively, can be recycled and have minimal packaging. If you want to help our environment the most effective way is to reduce your waste before it becomes rubbish.

  • Don't buy fruit and vegetables that are pre-packed, buy the loose ones and encourage the supermarkets to avoid wrapping.
  • Bulk buy when possible, but don't buy more than you can use.
  • Buy high quality goods and that will last longer
  • Don’t buy products with excess packaging.
  • Carry reusable shopping bags or boxes.

REUSE

~ Use again!

You can reuse valuable materials over and over again and avoid them ending up as waste. Reuse saves you money. Repair broken appliances for a fraction of the cost of buying new ones, buy used things for half the cost of new, and sell old furniture instead of disposing it at the landfill.

  • Enquire if goods can be repaired rather than replaced.
  • Use glass bottles and jars, plastic bags, aluminium foil and take away food containers over and over again before recycling or disposing of them.
  • Reuse envelopes and use both sides of paper.
  • Use rechargeable batteries rather than single-use batteries.
  • Carry your lunch in a reusable container rather than disposable wrappings.
  • See if anyone else wants what you don’t want before throwing it out. Hold a garage sale or donate!
  • Re-use plastic bags and all types of containers over and over again

RECYCLE

Recycling recovers materials used in the home or in industry for further uses. You should only recycle after you’ve tried to reduce and reuse. When you finally dispose of waste make sure that it is appropriately separated as recyclable products are exported where they can be recycled into new products. Recycling has environmental, economic and social advantages.

  • Recycling helps prevent environmental pollution.
  • Recycling saves natural resources.
  • Recycling conserves raw materials used in industry.
  • Recycling reduces the amount of material dumped in the landfill and helps our waste disposal problems.

Find out exactly what can be recycled