With the world turning more towards sustainability and being more eco friendly, you’ll notice that wherever you go there is information about recycling, reusing and changing the way you dispose of your waste. Household rubbish bins, for example, in certain countries there are different bins for different items. You have green waste which includes all your gardening items and you have yellow waste which is recyclables and then you have red waste which is your items that cannot go through recycling processes.

It’s so important that if you want to keep on top of your budget and keep on top of your home, you are looking at ways to reduce your waste. It’s not just something you can do at home either, because you can use these waste management tips to help you with your waste at work. If you are moving home, you know that one of the most important things that you can do is declutter it and make sure that you have contacted the CurbWaste Network to find waste management professionals to take it away for you. You need to make sure, however, that when you are sorting through your waste, you are categorizing it correctly. Some waste you might want to donate, other waste you may want to make sure goes to the right recycling centers. Either way, you need to make sure that you are practicing reducing waste at home, and here’s how to do that.

1.Practice first in, first out. One of the best ways that you can start to reduce waste in your home is to make sure that when you are ordering groceries, you are shifting the old food to the front of the fridge, the freezer, or the pantry. Any new foods should be at the back, which means that the first food that was in should be the first food that comes out. This would not only prevent clutter.but you’re much more likely to use the products before they reach their expiration date.

2.Switch all of your bills to paperless ones. If your account statements are piling up at the front door and you have your utility bills stuffed into a drawer somewhere, that’s an awful lot of paper waste that could just be going and being recycled. Spend an evening switching all of your billing to electronic and make sure that you move those bills to a safe list so that they cannot get lost in your spam folder. When they come in, mark them as important.In your e-mail and then delete them or move them to a folder. If you switch all of your bills to paperless ones, you’re going to be saving the environment from the moment you sign up with an energy or an Internet company.

3.Swap your toothbrush for a bamboo one. If you’re doing what you can to live in a zero waste household, then make sure that you are swapping out all of your toothbrushes. Plastic plaque fighters, like the toothbrushes you buy at the supermarkets, have done their time, but they do have very short lifespans, which means that every three to six months you’re buying more plastic. By swapping to bamboo toothbrushes, you won’t feel so bad about swapping out your toothbrush every six months as per your dentist’s advice.

4.Shop smart. If you’re buying clothes for the kids, shopping second hand is one of the best ways to go. You can do some swaps on Facebook Marketplace and save money as well as saving the environment and you can also think about making sure that you are shopping in op shops so that you can save money. Charity shops for clothes generally are in great condition because they won’t be allowed to be sold unless they are, and you’ll be able to get new clothes for your kids that won’t be brand new but will be new for them.

5.Don’t buy produce for the aesthetic. There are so many fruits and vegetables that are thrown away by farmers because supermarkets won’t accept them. This usually happens due to their odd sizes, shapes or colors. But it doesn’t have to be perfect. You do not need the best looking carrots to be able to enjoy a roast dinner because guess what, you’re going to peel and slice it anyway. Make sure that you’re buying produce because it’s there and you need it not because it looks good.

6.Contact your local council. If you have electronic waste or large furniture items that you need to get rid of, then curbside pickup is one of the best things that you can do. You need to contact your local council for this because you may end up with a free curbside pick up every single year. It’s a good idea to make sure that you’re not just dumping your waste in terms of electronics and furniture into your local tip. In fact, you want to be real sure that you have chosen to do curbside pickup so that you can maximize your recycling potential. There may be other ways to dispose of electronic waste, but if you’re not sure of what it is, talk to your local council.

7.Buy a reusable coffee cup. Are you somebody who likes to pull into the Starbucks drive through in the morning on the way to work? If so, bring your reusable cup with you and give it to the person that you’ve ordered the coffee from. They will be more than happy to make your coffee in your reusable mug, and that way you’re going to save those paper cups from being sent to recycling. While it’s great that those paper cups can be recycled. Having a travel mug is a better way to save the environment.

8.Swap to cloth nappies. If you’ve got little babies in the house, you may find yourself buying packets and packets of disposable nappies. While these are super handy in a pinch, swapping over to cloth nappies could be the best thing that you do for your family. If you can’t go the whole hog with cloth nappies and the idea of using wet buckets has gone right over your head, then make sure that you’re choosing at least an eco-friendly brand for wipes, liners and nappies. You can even make your own wipes if you want to change the world a little bit. But you should always do what works best for you while keeping the environment in mind.

9.Batch cooking your food. If you want to prevent waste in the kitchen, make sure that you’re not throwing out loads of produce and meat every single week. In fact, by batch cooking your food and making soups out of leftovers, you’ll be able to fill your freezer so that you know that you’ve got meals no matter what. And you’ll also be able to reduce the waste at home and you won’t be over buying. Not only will this help save the environment, but you’ll be able to save your wallet too.

Reducing waste at home takes some time to get into the swing of, but once you are in it, you can’t stop. Reducing, reusing and recycling where possible is going to also give you more space in your household bins, which is super helpful! Don’t be afraid to ask questions to others in your pursuit of a better world. You can be a part of that movement, too.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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