Reducing waste

Reducing Waste 950

Reducing the amount we throw away is crucial to environmental growth, so always remember the 4 R’s;
 Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.

Each Cornish resident throws away 576 kg of waste every year - that’s 24 double sized mattresses per person! Reducing waste means we use less natural resources and energy, and generate less pollution during production and disposal. It stops valuable resources being incinerated, it’s better for wildlife and saves money too!

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Here are some ways you can help

 

Compost kitchen waste

Get started with a compost bin or Green Johanna or, better still, make an open sided compost heap at home or at work.

Compost kitchen waste

Avoid single use plastic items

Refuse single use plastic items such as bottles, cups, cutlery and bags. Fill up a water bottle, bring a bag, and carry a cup instead. Use re-usable menstrual cups instead of plastic based sanitary products.

Avoid single use plastic items
 
 
 
 

Choose pre-loved

From clothes to furniture products, it's cheaper buying second hand - and better for the environment too.

Choose pre-loved

Use recycled and reusable products

From loo roll to batteries, always use recycled or rechargeable products.

Use recycled and reusable products
 
 
 
 

Remember the 4 R’s

Refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle.

Remember the 4 R’s

Recycle

Pick up and recycle litter left by others, always recycle as much as possible.

Recycle
 
 
 
 

Repair not reject!

From electrical equipment to clothing, instead of throwing away damaged items, repair them for a second lease of life. Unable to fix it? Try donating to local charity and upcycling shops who can.

Repair not reject

Never release balloons or sky lanterns

Celebrate or commemorate in ways that don’t harm wildlife by planting a tree or releasing bubbles.

Never release balloons or sky lanterns