The Waste Hierarchy
The WASTE HIERARCHY specifies the order of preference for dealing with our wastes, top is most desirable
6. RECOVER ENERGY
Where does our waste go?
The majority of our waste goes in to a landfill site some is incinerated, when we do these things we are losing valuable natural resources and wasting the energy, water and transport costs used in its production.
- Reduce your rubbish - Using less means there is less to throw away
- Reuse bags, card, bottles, jars, paper and other materials rather than throwing them away
- Recycle glass, cans, metal, textiles, batteries, oil, furniture, books, magazines, food and electrical goods
- Buying only the right quantity of what we really need
- Choosing products with less packaging- supermarkets need to use less 'double wrapping' on products. We can make a choice not to buy excessively packaged products.
- Buying from producers employing sustainable practices such as Fairtrade
- Reducing the amount of junk mail recievced by registering with the mailing preference service. This should reduce the amount of post that is produced and the amount that is thrown away
- Make green choices-buying 'refill packs' to avoid buying containers all the time and using concentrated washing powders and fabric conditioners.
- Giving unwanted items to a charity or charity shop where someone else can reuse them. This could be furniture, clothes etc or we can buy things ourselves from there.
- selling items on the internet and local newspaper
- Setting the computer to print on both sides of paper
- Repairing items such as washing machine
- Taking your own shopping bags to supermarket
- Rechargable batteries, Long-lasting light bulbs etc
Reycling food is very important becuase it not on saves money but it also saves on waste
Some recycling ideas:
- Leftover cake can be used to make a trifle
- Leftover meat can be made into a shephards pie
- Leftover chicken can be used to make a curry
- Fallen apples can be used to make pies, crumbles and preserves
The recycling processes available
- Recycling is crucial as it stops it harming our environment by going in to landfills and also we save resources and energy.
- Recycling uses less energy than producing goods from raw material and also results in fewer emissions
- Buying recycled products creates a demand for the collected material, aiding the development of new recycling industries and help ing the environment.
- The mobius loop means that the product has both recycled content and that the product is recyclable.
- Consumers should look out for eco labels which indicate that a product has met a specific set of environmental or social standards eg Fairtrade
We can recycle by:
- Saving plastic bottles
- Saving paper, card etc
- Composting kitchen and garden waste
- Use recycling facilities