Decrease Waste At Home: Here's How

Posted on: 1 September 2015

Have you ever noticed how much trash we accumulate even on a daily basis? It's maddening to think about how much unnecessary waste we all generate. And what about the harsh chemicals and pollutants we inadvertently add to our environment? The good news is there are small changes you and your family can make to decrease the amount of garbage and waste going to landfills every day. Check out these easy-to-implement tips to create a more waste-free lifestyle.


The kitchen is one of the biggest waste generator rooms in every home or office. Here are some great ways to cut down on extra trash:

  • Reuse glass jars, bring reusable bags to the supermarket, and buy food in bulk so you are generating less packaging garbage.
  • Shop at farmer's markets. Your fruits and veggies won't be wrapped in plastic and you can return your used egg and berries cartons to be used for another customer.
  • Stop buying bottled water. When did everyone become so against tap water? There's nothing wrong with it, and if you get a good filter for your tap, it tastes clean and delicious.
  • Start eating your leftovers. It's tempting to wrap up your dinner and let it sit in the fridge for a week before you throw it out, but get creative and start using the good leftover food for tomorrow's meal.


  • No need to constantly buy new pens and pencils. Use refillable writing utensils.
  • Recycle your paper and turn them into sticky notes or note pads.
  • Ditch the magazine subscriptions and read stories online or at your local library.
  • Reuse paper clips and purchase a staple-less stapler.
  • Utilize thumb drives rather than CDs.


  • Avoid over-buying. Give your closet and an environment a break and only buy clothing once or twice a year.
  • When you purchase shoes, forego the shoe box. Leave it at the store and ask them to please recycle it.
  • Always bring reusable, cloth bags for your purchases.
  • Learn to sew, hem and repair your clothing, rather than purchasing new items.

Laundry Room

  • Invest in natural cleaning supplies. They tend to be a bit more expensive but they are easier on the environment. You can even make your own cleansers with baking soda and castile soap.
  • Use old clothing as your cleaning rags. Don't throw them out, simply rip them up and use them to clean bathtubs and sinks.
  • Dry your clothing on a line outside whenever possible.

For more information and resources on waste management, contact a waste management service or click here