Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The most important thing we can all do with our rubbish is follow the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle. Firstly, think how you can reduce your waste in everyday life, this could be as simple as using a backpack instead of plastic carrier bags at the shops or getting your shoes mended instead of buying a new pair.

Secondly, try to reuse what you can. This can be as straight forward as donating any old clothes you no longer use or making use of empty jam jars as containers instead of buying new ones.


What we can't reuse can often be recycled, this reduces the amount of raw materials we need to mine and uses less energy than making things from scratch. Did you know that making aluminium cans from old ones uses only one twentieth of the energy needed to make them from raw materials?