10 Tips to Reduce Waste at Home
If you’re trying to cut back on the amount of waste you produce at home, you’re in luck! Dumpster Rental Inc has made a list of money saving and garbage saving tips that will make your home and lifestyle a little greener. Take a look at the list below and start cutting down today.
Use Reusable Bags & Containers
If you’re like many who pack their meals up whether it be for lunch or leftovers, you’ve probably realized how much packaging is wasted. By switching from plastic containers and bags to reusable eco-friendly glass containers and reusable bags you can dramatically cut down waste in your kitchen. Your bags and containers should fulfill at least one of the following, is it recyclable, refillable, or reusable? If so, then you’re already a step ahead!
Avoid Individually Wrapped Items
While you may enjoy individually wrapped cheese sticks, they’re not the most ideal purchase at the grocery store. Buy cheese that isn’t individually wrapped, and keep this in mind when shopping for other goods. Pick fresh produce that doesn’t come wrapped in some kind of plastic, meats and other things as well. Be cognizant of the kids of packaging you’re buying, be sure to get resealable products if need be.
Opt Out of Unwanted Mail
Reducing the amount of incoming paper mail will help when trying to cut down on paper waste. Opt for online billing, transfer documents from your physical mailbox to your digital, it takes just a few minutes to switch to paperless and will save a ton of paper on a weekly basis.
Plan Out Your Meals
Preparation is key to reducing food waste, we suggest trying to plan out your meals. Make a list of items you’ll need to help reduce your food waste, this will give you a better idea of when you need to go to the store. Try to buy things in bulk, you’ll reduce the amount of trips to and from the store, and also save on plastic packaging.
Buy Items in Bulk
As mentioned above buying items in bulk is a great way to cut down on waste. This doesn’t mean buying dozens of cookies because they’re on sale, unnecessary and perishable items shouldn’t be bought with that mindset. Buy household items such as paper towels, trash bags, and toilet paper in bulk, this will save you plastic, money and gas!
Compost Food Scraps
Save fruit peels and collect grass clippings to make your own compost that can be used in a variety of ways. With a little extra effort you can reduce the amount of waste you produce, while saving it from piling up at the landfill. With a little patience you will have the opportunity to use it in your garden, improving the structure of your soil!
Most of the world is connected to their phone, rather then checking Facebook and Instagram, use your phone to keep track of tasks. Put your schedule on your phone, use the notes feature and even put your game tickets and boarding pass on your phone. By fully utilizing features and apps you can reduce your paper consumption and keep things in place.
Borrow & Rent Tools
If you’ve got some friendly neighbors, perhaps you can share some tools and reduce the amount of energy and fuel between all of you. This can also help you save space in your garage or shed, and can save you a significant amount of money on equipment and gas.
Donate Gently Used Items
You probably have a pile of gently used clothing at home, if you do consider donating these items to your local church or Goodwill! By donating your clothing that you no longer fit into or have use for, you can reduce waste at home and also do some good for your community. Dig through your closets for clothes, shoes, old electronics and other reusable items.
Forget the Clutter
It’s tough when you go into Target for dish soap and leave with everything but. You end up leaving with a new rug, a family size bag of chips, dog toys and a new pair of shoes. Try to cut down on these sprees and stick to your original plan, buy only what you need. You won’t have to worry about clutter and getting rid of items that you never even used.
If you still find you have an overwhelming amount of waste at home, and need to do a serious home clean out call us at Dumpster Rental Inc! Call us for a free quote and get started on your affordable roll off dumpster for all of your home waste needs!