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Tips for minimising your waste

Coronavirus: Waste

Brown bin (garden waste) collections are suspended until further notice. The Council has published home composting advice to assist residents.

Residents should continue to present their blue and grey bins on alternate weeks on their usual collection day.

To help protect our bin crews and maintain waste collection services here in East Staffordshire, please follow the guidance issued by Government if you are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Other ESBC services affected by Coronavirus

As a nation we waste so much.  Everyday millions of things that could be reused or recycled end up being thrown away.  This is why we are keen to promote reducing waste and helping our residents to waste less, from choosing products with less packaging and to reusing and recycling more of your waste.

Here are some tips to help you create less waste:

  • Take unwanted items to a charity shop, use textile and shoe collection recycling banks or sell them.
  • Consider buying a home composter and compost your food and garden waste at home.  We’ve teamed up with www.getcomposting.com to offer good value home compost bins.
  • Consider buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than plastic packaged options.
  • Remember to take your reusable bags when shopping and reuse any fruit and veg plastic bags.
  • Ditch plastic straws – use paper ones as an alternative or just drink from the glass.
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Use a reusable coffee cup.
  • Consider using cloths rather than disposable wipes.
  • Choose glass over plastic packaging if the choice is given as glass can be recycled endlessly.
  • Consider switching to real nappies rather than disposable ones.
  • Consider using rechargeable batteries.
  • Look for products in recycled packaging or packaging that is easily recycled.

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for some great ideas on reducing your food waste which may also save you money.