These are some of the things that we do (actually I decided we would do them and my DH complies) to reduce our rubbish:
- we put a no junk mail sticker on our letter box
- we started a compost bin
- we reduced our newspaper subscription to Saturday and Sunday
- before buying anything I check the packaging to see if it can be recycled
- refused plastic bags, now I only use cloth bags
- I re-use and wash the plastic bags that I already have, and I use the net bags that you can buy oranges in as bags for putting fresh produce in
When the South Australian government announced that SA would be plastic bag free (sort of) there were a lot of people complaining about how they would line their rubbish bins. Previously I had been using plastic bags, but was unhappy about it. I wanted an alternative so after a bit of searching I found this site here:
which is quite interesting to read and makes you realise how much more the SA government and retailers could do, to be totally plastic bag free.
There is a link on his site to a video that demonstrates how to make a newspaper bag, I have made quite a few now and they are really quite easy (they would make a good project for kids) except I don't use a string handle. I tried going without a liner but some of the rubbish tends to get stuck in the wheelie bin, so I now use these bags and they make a nice compact parcel to put in the bin. If I have wet rubbish (not often) I wrap it in newspaper first, things that are liable to get smelly (like prawn shells) go in the freezer and I put them in the rubbish the day the rubbish goes out to be collected.