Waste Minimisation Tips can be divided up into different categories: reducing, reusing and recycling.
Reduce your waste
When items are sent to landfill, it unnecessarily wastes resources and damages the environment. The Scottish Government and the EU have set targets for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Everybody produces waste as it is almost impossible to go through your day without creating a certain amount of waste in some form or another. However, it is possible to reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of waste that is produced and therefore limit the impact this has on our natural environment.
Householders across Perth and Kinross can make small changes individually (at home, whilst shopping, etc) or by working with neighbours and friends in your local community (through Zero Waste Fortnights, or by altering the way your community group deals with the waste produced in your area).
- Reducing or preventing the amount of waste produced - not creating avoidable waste in the first place
- Reusing materials for their original purpose as much as possible - this can be supporting local reuse projects and charity shops
- Recycling what remains, by fully utilising using Kerbside Recycling Services, and Recycling Centres and Points
Waste minimisation tips
Waste electrical amnesties
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is one of Europe's fastest growing waste streams, with the average UK household throwing away 3.3 tonnes of it in a lifetime. Get involved now by hunting through your cupboards, shed and garage for unwanted, broken or old electrical and electronic equipment.
Zero Waste Fortnights
Zero Waste Fortnights raise awareness of how households can reduce waste and reuse items where possible.
Zero Waste Auchterarder & Aberuthven
Zero Waste Auchterarder & Aberuthven was a two year campaign, working with householders, businesses, community groups and schools in the two areas, with the aim of Auchterarder and Aberuthven working towards becoming a Zero Waste Community.
Composting at home
Did you know that 80% of what you throw out can be recycled and half of that can be composted?
P&K Real Nappy Network
Perth & Kinross Real Nappy Network (PKRNN) is a local volunteer group of parents who provide information, advice and support about the wide range of real (washable / cloth) nappies and also the use of slings and baby wearing, to local parents.