Reduce Your Waste
Waste Reduction starts at the supermarkets and shops. By making
slight alterations to your shopping list you can significantly
reduce the amount of waste created in and around the home. By using
your own shopping bags, avoiding products with unnecessary
packaging, choosing reusable products and reducing your food waste,
you can make a real difference to the amount of waste that
would normally go to landfill. We have some more ideas below that
will help you reduce your waste and in most cases save you
Love Food Hate Waste
7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by
households in the UK every year, or, to put it another way, around
a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away. If we
stopped wasting food which could have been eaten, it would have the
same impact on carbon emissions as taking 1.8 million cars
off UK roads. It’s not about eating less, just making the
most of the food that is bought, the average family of 4 could
save as much as £50 per month.
Love Food Hate Waste programme is a national initiative designed
to provide practical information to help people make the most of
the food they buy and waste less of it. Visit the Love
Food Hate Waste website for handy hints and tips for ways
to love food and reduce your food waste and also sign up to
their monthly newsletter for updates and recipe tips.
Love Food Hate Waste Basics
The good news is there are a few quick and easy things
we can all do to reduce the amount of food we throw
- combine leftovers from previous meals with
fresh ingredients to create delicious meals
- cook a large dish and then divide into portions to
freeze for another day, great for days when you will be
busy or home late
- check what's at the back of your fridge and cupboards before
shopping and keep an eye on 'Use by' and 'Best before'
- buy your fruit and vegetables loose so
you can buy exactly how much you need - this also reduces
- invest in storage containers and bag clips for
- after opening packets of dried foods such as cereals, rice,
flour and pasta, reseal them tightly or transfer them into storage
boxes or jars
- take time to plan your meals for the week
ahead - you'll find it much easier when you are food shopping if
you have your meals in mind
- packs of meat and fish can be separated into smaller
amounts for the freezer so you can take out only the
amount you need
Try the Food Waste
Diary and discover what and how much food is thrown away at
home, you might be surprised.
Some food waste is inevitable, but items like peelings, egg
shells and tea bags can be composted to create valuable home
compost for your garden.
Home Composting and Water Butts
Home composting is an inexpensive, natural process that
transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and
nutrient rich food for your garden. It can save you
money and it really makes those plants grow! See how easy it
is to compost at
home. You can buy a compost bin through Cheshire East Council
and get it delivered to your house for as little
as £19.98 (plus £5.99 delivery). There
are accessories and other composting systems available
Getting Started with Composting
Cheshire East Council works with Straight plc to offer low
cost home compost bins to their residents. Wormeries are
also available which are perfect for patios and balconies
and are easy to assemble.
Home compost bins and accessories can be ordered:
- online by visiting Get
- by telephoning the Home Compost Bin order line
on 0844 571 4444
Around 85,000 litres of rainwater falls on the average house
roof every year. You can collect the water and have your own mini
reservoir for watering your garden and for other outdoor jobs.
To order visit Water Butts and rain
saver Kits or telephone 0844 571
Reusable Bag for Life
Each year in the UK more than 10 million plastic
carrier bags are produced: if laid end-to-end, these would stretch
to the moon and back five times! By switching to a 'Bag
for Life' the average person can prevent around 300 plastic bags
ending up in landfill sites each year.
Here are a few
handy hints to help you remember to use your bags:
- take bags with you every time you go shopping;
- keep spare bags in your car or at work so you're never
- let the check-out staff know you've brought your own before
they pack for you - some shops offer rewards for bag reuse!
Cheshire East Council launched a special Bag for
Life to mark the beginning of the new authority. This 'Recycle for
Cheshire East' bag can be purchased from any Cheshire East Library and costs just £2.
The bags are made from Hessian Jute, a
natural product, and are designed to be both stylish and
practical. They have a useful wide base which makes it easy to
carry bulky items - whether they be books, groceries, picnics, work
or a gym kit.
Stop Unwanted Junk Mail
amount of junk mail you receive reduces the amount of waste paper
that has to be disposed of and recycled.
Do you receive a lot of unwanted junk mail through your
Here are some ways you can help to reduce your junk mail:
- Join the Mail Preference Service to have your name removed from
Direct Mailing lists, register online at MPS
- Reduce unaddressed junk mail by joining the Royal Mail Door to
Door service. Further details can be found by contacting
- Refuse leaflets and flyers. Display a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on
your door or mail box .
- Avoid joining mailing lists or leave mailing lists. When
filling out forms or surveys, tick the box stating that you do not
want to receive further information or offers.
For more information on recycling see the Recycle Now website.
Rechargeable batteries are not only cheaper than
disposables, but they create less waste as they can be used
again and again. The cost to recharge 4 batteries by the mains is
approximately 2p, whereas to buy 4 new alkaline batteries can be as
much as £4.
However,if you do have batteries that need to be disposed of,
please take them to the store they were purchased for recycling or
to your nearest Household Waste Recycling
Centre where they have a battery bank.
Waste and recycling is now provided by Ansa - a company owned by Cheshire East