New Year’s Resolution – Reducing Waste and Recycling More

Every day, the actions of human beings contribute to the copious amounts of greenhouse gases that damage our ozone layer. We’ve permitted an abundance of waste to rot in landfill and pollute our oceans. And the colossal demand for our everyday products and necessities is causing the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources.

Luckily, the past decade has seen a huge educational surge in the importance of recycling, reducing waste and conserving energy. Individuals across the world are uniting in vast numbers to make a vital global impact. Many of our readers may wish to join in this effort, but are unsure of where to start. Enfield Skips are going to help with your New Year’s resolution by offering a few little tips that can make a whole lot of difference.

Reducing Waste

Millions of people will use plastic bags once before obtaining another on their next shop. This results in a greater demand. Producing new plastic bags requires a considerable amount of energy, and therefore contributes to the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. Further, the resulting item does not easily decompose and will take up precious space in landfill for a hefty one thousand years. All of this could be avoided by reusing a single bag for each trip to the shop. Sadly, plastic bags are just one example of products we fail to reuse.

Reducing waste — or even going zero waste — is an important step in reducing the demand for new products. Reusing products over again or refusing to buy single-use products will greatly contribute to the reduction of our environmental footprint. Here are some tips for reducing waste:

  • Buy food without packaging.
  • Use reusable bags.
  • Always bring a refillable water bottle out with you.
  • Ask not to have a straw in your drink when out.
  • Use tea towels instead of tissue or kitchen roll.
  • Try purchasing second hand goods.

Conserving energy

Not only does conserving energy save the environment, but it also saves you money. Take a look at the following tips for conserving energy:

  • Cycle or walk instead of driving.
  • Use energy efficient appliances.
  • Install energy efficient windows or solar panels.
  • Open windows instead of using air conditioning.
  • Replace standard light bulbs with energy efficient ones or use LEDs instead.
  • Turn off lights and electrical items when they’re not being used.

Recycling

Recycling is a huge part of helping the environment. By recycling your items, industries are able to salvage and reuse various materials for use in new products, significantly reducing harmful emissions and greatly preserving resources. Unfortunately, a lot of items that people intend to recycle end up going into landfill. This can be avoided by following our tips:

  • Wash out your tins and bottles. Bits of leftover food that can be easily washed away can often cause these recyclable items to be sent to landfill.
  • Ensure you are aware of what can be recycled and what can’t. Always take a look on the packaging so that you don’t miss anything.
  • Not everything can be recycled at home. Batteries should be recycled at battery recycling points, often found at supermarkets.
  • Flatten packaging so you can add more items to your recycle bin

At Enfield Skips, we’re passionate about recycling. We make great efforts to ensure we recycle as much as we can from the waste in our skips. Currently, our efforts have amounted to 90% of this waste being recycled via our specialist materials sorting facility. Choosing to hire a skip from Enfield Skips is one small way you can make a difference to the world. Get in touch with our staff today to learn more.