Reduce and reuse
Taking responsibility for our waste involves more than just recycling.
Reducing and re-using our waste, choosing 'greener' options or avoiding certain products, are all environmentally better ways of dealing with our waste.
The benefits are:
- it helps to conserve limited raw materials and the energy required to extract them;
- it reduces what we dispose of via landfill and prevents the environmental impacts of that waste.
Ideas to reduce and reuse waste!
Love food, hate waste
One third of all food purchased is thrown away. Visit love food hate waste for tips on storage and recipes to use up leftovers.
We offer a reward up to £50 to parents in the borough who use real nappies. Alternatively you can apply for a free real nappy starter kit worth over £100. Over 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away everyday in the UK!
The Hertfordshire WasteAware partnership provides discounted home compost bins to Hertfordshire residents.
Use a home composter to compost your garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings at home.
To find out more visit Get Composting or telephone 0844 571 4444.
Reduce your waste
Donate, exchange or sell unwanted items
Reuse household items
Buy 'recycled' - closing the loop
'Closing the loop' involves people buying recycled products. This is important because it makes recycling worthwhile. Buying recycled generates a demand, which in turn makes recyclable materials valuable. It increases the need for more materials to be collected and the facilities to reprocess them.
The need for change
Landfill has become common practice, yet more responsible ways of managing waste are required. Spaces in which to bury waste are becoming scarce and the long-term environmental impacts regarding landfill are well known, such as the seepage of toxic liquids and gas. Also, we are wasting potential resources by burying them in the ground.
The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (all of the councils in Hertfordshire) have developed a waste strategy for the county in view of current legislation, targets and financial penalties. This outlines plans to reduce waste growth and better manage the waste that is produced.