Shrink the bin

//Shrink the bin

Shrink the bin

My old mans a dustman ....

My old mans a dustman ....

Landfill, landfill, landfill. I am sure generations to come will look back at us and wonder what on earth (excuse the pun) we thought we were doing filling up our countryside with a weird mixture of toxic waste and useful resources. The average household’s waste (and still many people’s rubbish bins) is made up of a range of things we throw away, most of which can be recycled and much of the remainder can be composted or re-used.

9% Garden Waste (this can be composted)

33% paper and cardboard (recycle)

25% cans, plastic bottles and glass (recycle)

9% kitchen waste (much of which can be composted)

14% other – this includes textiles, CDs, books, building waste.

Handy hints for shrinking your bin:

– Use SUSTAINABLE resources – here’s a simple tip – get re-chargable batteries – cheaper and you dont need to throw away toxic spent batteries. Avoid goods with excessive packaging – what exactly are you paying for when you buy an Easter Egg – mostly packaging! And a third of all UK food is wasted – yup – paid for and then binned. This costs the average family £420 each and every year.  Wow!

–  RECYCLE everything you can – paper, glass, plastic bottles, silver foil, cans

– if you can, COMPOST – mould and worms are just the most amazing things by the way!

– FREECYCLE: Ever heard of Freecycle? If not and you have things which you think someone else might value then try and find a local freecycle scheme where ordinary people post up unwanted items and others come and collect them. Anything from furniture to clothes to electronic equipment to CDs. I managed to find a very happy home for my Scalextric and a dining table and also received a lovely picture on my wall from Scotland! See and also see and (which also raises money for for charities).

–  RE-USE; Even if you can’t use something – can someone else? Charity shops will takes books, CDs, DVDs. Items like unwanted paint can be taken to community re-use schemes. Unwanted furniture and electrical goods in good condition can be given to charities who pass these on to other people. Online you can swap books ( and at you migt even be able to sell old CDs, games and DVDs.  

The rubbish bin should be the LAST RESORT! Save money and save the planet.

By |2016-11-01T15:06:20+00:00April 10th, 2009|AGF Blog|