7 Ways to Reduce Waste at Home

Congratulations on your way to a waste-free life at home!

Updated on November 01, 2018 8:11 am

Stephanie Yee

Ways to Reduce Waste at Home

Waste pollutes the environment and Singapore is no stranger to this problem. It’s good to know though that Singapore is improving in waste management as the country produced less solid waste last year according to an article on The Straits Times. The escalating consumerism is continually producing waste and it's a serious threat to our environment.

While it can be daunting to find ways to reduce your waste (unless you’re already living a waste-free lifestyle), a great place to start is within the comfort of your home. Take these tips to heart to reduce waste in your home:

1. Know the basics of recycling.


Not all waste can be recycled. Even though you’ve thoroughly sorted items to be recycled in your trash, some of it may eventually go in the dumpster. Remember that recycling also entails research. You have to know the rules of recycling in your place to prevent excess waste from heading to the landfills.

2. Invest in reusable items.

Invest in items that you can use again. Cloth or netted sacks are far better than plastic bags as they can hold more produce. Refillable containers can even hold your leftover food from the restaurant more safely than cling wraps or paper bags. Reusable items can save you from a lot of trouble even when you’re outside home plus you’ll know that you’re not contributing to the rampant plastic pollution that kills our wildlife.

3. Waste no food.


Food waste is also a kind of waste that you should take note of. It’s possible to prevent this by following a simple rule at home: create a meal plan. It’s a no-brainer, but you’ll be surprised at the amount of food that goes to waste when you buy groceries or takeaways that you won’t finish or eat at all.

4. Start the habit of composting.


A lot of wastes in your home can be composted. If you have an extra bin, you can easily start the compost that you can use for your garden. This way, your excess food won’t go to waste because you are doing something to return the nutrients back to the earth. A win-win situation!

5. Kick the habit of using disposable items at home.


Disposable items are creating a huge mess in your home more than you could ever imagine. Start to avoid using disposable items such as styrofoam or plastic plates. Also, you can refuse plastic bags when you’re shopping—instead, use your own reusable bags.

6. Time to be selective

When grocery shopping, pass on freebies that you won’t really use. Don’t get that item just because it’s on a buy 1, get 1 promo or just because it’s cheap. When living a waste-free lifestyle, you need to think twice before buying an item.

7. Repair when necessary.

Appreciate the items that you can still mend. The planet will thank you for fixing it rather than throwing it out and ordering a new item.

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