As is the case in many large cities round the world, London produces more waste than it can dispose of. As a Londoner, it is advisable to learn how to manage your waste; here are some tips on how to manage your waste.
1. Use recyclable bags- when going shopping to the grocery store take reusable bags with you to carry the goods you buy. This will stop you from taking more bags to your house from the store and hence reduce waste.
2. Minimize the use of polythene bags- Make a habit of using less polythene bags. Plastic does not decompose when disposed of, and it greatly ruins the environment.
3. Buy food stuffs in bulk- when going shopping, arrange so that you can buy food in large amounts, which often translates to fewer bags for packaging.
4. Reduce the use of paper plates- when serving food, try to serve it in reusable plates that you can wash after use and store them. The use of paper plates and paper cups increases your waste every time you use them.
5. Reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfill- if you have a business or shop that sends waste to the landfill; try to find ways that will reduce your waste. If you have recyclable waste take it to a recycling center or find people who can use it and donate to charity.
6. Hire a waste collection company– whether for business or in a residential setting, handling waste can be tough especially for a busy person. This can lead to waste scattering and piling up which is why hiring a rubbish clearance company would be a good idea to help with the management of your waste.
7. Sort your waste- when collecting your waste try to sort it and store the recoverable waste in different bins from the rest of the waste. This will make it easy for the people clearing your waste do a clean job.
8. Decompose garden waste– make sure you decompose the natural waste that piles up in your yard. It will help enrich your soil and also prevent water run off.
9. Stop storing junk- give away anything that you do not use to organizations or people who need them. Things like old utensils, furniture, and clothing can be donated to the needy.
10. Use containers to store food- when storing leftover food in the refrigerator, use reusable containers to store it instead of polyethylene bags.