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Reduce top tips

Reduce top tips

Our 20 top tips on how to reduce your waste:

  1. Buy a home composter to divert your garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings from landfill - visit our composting page to find out more.
  2. Shop smart! Consider the packaging that foods are contained in, For example, buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packaged ones.
  3. Take your own shopping bags - you can re-use old plastic bags, take 'bags for life' or use cloth bags.
  4. Consider buying long lasting items like washing powder, pasta, cereal and biscuits in bulk - to minimise packaging waste. Buying in bulk is also likely to save you money!    
  5. Buy milk in returnable glass bottles from a milkman, rather than plastic bottles or cartons.
  6. Don't buy disposable items such as razors and pens.    
  7. Make fresh, homemade drinks in reusable, resealable containers, rather than buying separate cartons, cans and bottles - it will be cheaper too.
  8. For packed lunches and picnics use a reusable airtight container, rather than aluminium foil or cling film wrapping.    
  9. Use rechargeable batteries. Batteries contain toxic or hazardous chemicals - the more you buy, the greater the impact on the environment.
  10. Return unused medicines and tablets to your pharmacy.    
  11. Visit our Stop junk mail page to find out how you can reduce the amount of paper sent to your home.
  12. Don't be fooled by 'buy one get one free' offers on fresh fruit, meat or dairy products. You may not get round to eating them before they pass their use by date and they will end up in the bin. Visit our love food hate waste page for tips on how to get the most from the food we buy.
  13. Buy long-lasting, low energy light bulbs.
  14. Use handkerchiefs rather than throwaway tissues.
  15. Use washable cutlery, cups and plates at parties and barbeques, rather than paper plates and plastic cutlery and cups which are only used once before they are thrown away.
  16. Buy concentrated detergent.
  17. Visit your local library for newspapers and books, rather than buying them.
  18. Say no to paper bags or plastic bags in shops if you don't need them.
  19. Rent or borrow equipment which you use infrequently. It may be possible to share items such as lawnmowers, shredders, hedge-trimmers or other equipment with your friends or neighbours.
  20. When buying electrical goods see if there are any devices on the market which use alternative power sources. For example, clockwork radios, solar calculators, manual watches all use less energy.

Visit our reuse and recycle pages for more ways to reduce your waste.

Recycle for North Lincolnshire

Contact details


Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

Waste Services Depot
Cottage Beck Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1TS

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Friday: 8:30 to 4pm

Last updated: 24/05/2017