How to Reduce Household Waste

Each year, landfills get overloaded with billions of pounds of waste. Eventually, we’ll be asking where we will put it all. You can do your part to reduce landfills by reducing household waste.

Waste is anything that you throw away. On average, people create about four pounds of trash every day. In the area of utilities, it amounts to wasted resources.

When you think about it, there are many ways that you can change the way you live in order to save money and the environment.

Ways to Reduce your Waste

Buy fresh foods – At places like the farmer’s market, you can purchase foods without packaging. Carry cloth grocery bags to hold all of your delicious finds. Even breads can be wrapped in a paper bag that can be recycled later.

Use reusable water bottles – Plastic containers contain non-biodegradable products. This means that they stay in the landfill for just about forever.

Save money and the environment by refilling water bottles instead of buying and throwing away plastic ones.

Use real silverware and plates – It may seem convenient to use Styrofoam but it sits in the landfill. A dishwasher can make this task easier to manage for you and your family.

Use a dishcloth instead of paper napkins – Even though paper can be recycled, it still fills up trash bags and creates waste.

Dishcloths can be washed and reused a number of times. When they get old, you can use them as cleaning rags.

Buy in bulk whenever you can – Bulk shopping reduces the amount of paper and plastic waste. If you buy soap or condiments like ketchup or mustard, refill current containers to also cut down on waste.

Donate items – Clothing, shoes, furniture and collectibles can find a home elsewhere if you no longer want or can use them. Visit the local Goodwill or Salvation Army and drop off your gently used items.

Use the garbage disposal – Instead of throwing food in the trash bag, use your garbage disposal to grind up old foods you are going to throw away.

Compost your trash – This is another option for your food scraps. A compost pile can be used as fertilizer for your flower and/or vegetable garden.

Change your light bulbs – Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) last longer and are even brighter than regular bulbs. Change all your lighting to make good use of them.

Recycle ink and toner cartridges – Many office supply stores take back cartridges and refill them. You can also get a discount on your purchases when you do this.

Reuse glass containers – If you have finished with your jam jar, wash it out and use it again as a drinking glass or even as a vase for plants.

These are only a few of many ways you can reduce household waste. Take the time to do an audit of your waste practices and make the necessary adjustments.

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