Managing At-Home Waste

at-home waste

Proper waste management has become a consistent and imperative issue. With population growth growing considerably over the last few centuries, the Earth has accumulated massive amounts of waste without a proper disposal system.

You can do your part to help decrease the amount of waste that is placed in landfills every day. Below are a few tips for better waste management at home that you can start up today, and utilized by both families and companies.

Here are some tips to get started on environmentally friendly and efficient waste management in the home:

Try Avoiding Plastics

Plastic has become a constant element in our lives. It’s everywhere: product packaging, cosmetic ingredients, textiles, mobile phones, etc. Single-use plastics, such as plates and cutlery made from this material, make our lives easier, but seriously harm the planet. Carry your own shopping bag when you go to the grocery shop and use glass containers for food storage. It is healthier for your family and for the environment.

Reducing Waste

Using recyclable products and ensuring that they are processed appropriately is a great way to help the planet, but by far the best thing consumers can do to reduce the ecological footprints of their homes is to reduce the amount of waste they produce, to begin with.

Buy in Bulk

Buying foods in bulk is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic that enters modern homes. Most consumer goods come in multi-layered plastic packaging and are best avoided. When it’s not possible to buy in bulk, look for products that use less packaging or buy from companies committed to using recyclable packaging.

Re-use Containers

There’s no reason to recycle glass and durable plastic containers while spending money on storage tins and Tupperware. Instead, save used containers for leftovers, home organizing, and other projects. 

Donate Clothes and Home Goods

Make sure that you give away items that are in good condition but are of no use to you. There are several schools, orphanages, and shelters that welcome donations of usable items like blankets, pencils, books, clothing, and shoes. Do not hoard items in your house. It increases clutter and makes waste management a very difficult task.

Compost Food Scraps

An eco-friendly waste management method is to compost your organic waste. Invest in a good composting bin and make rich compost from your kitchen waste. This will reduce your organic waste and leave you with quality manure for your gardens. Compost piles need carbon-rich items to break down properly. Here’s a list of a few things that belong in the compost pile:

  • vegetable scraps
  • unwaxed cardboard
  • sawdust
  • sticks and small branches
  • leaves

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