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Have you thought about reusing your carrier bags or reducing your junk mail? These are just a couple of ways that you can reduce the amount you throw away. There are lots of other things you can do to help the environment by reducing and reusing your rubbish.


Food Waste Digesters & Home Compost Bins

Wasted food is a waste of money and should be avoided wherever possible.  Food waste digesters & home composting are environmentally friendly options for the stuff that can't be avoided.

Discounted composters are available to Dudley residents via our Dudley Recycles website.

Love Food Hate Waste

Whether it’s the last few slices of bread or the pasta that was cooked for two but could have fed four! Here are some simple tips which could help you save money:

  1. Keep your apples in the fridge instead of the fruit bowl (they'll keep fresh for around two weeks longer)
  2. Weigh / measure rice and pasta before cooking. 1/4 of a mug of rice is sufficient for one adult.
  3. Checking dates saves money. Food can be eaten right up to a 'use-by' date or frozen. 'Best before' dates are for quality so there is no need to throw out food on the stated date - eggs being the exception.

Visit Love Food Hate Waste for more tips and advice, or download the free iPhone app.

Junk mail

Unwanted junk mail amounts to around 3% of all household waste.

Real Nappies

In Britain we throw away nearly 8 million disposable nappies each day. From birth to potty a baby typically gets through between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies.

Parents across Dudley are benefiting from an incentive scheme that’s helping them make the switch from disposables to washable nappies.

Dudley Council is offering the incentive scheme to encourage parents to use the real nappies because they are more environmentally friendly. Under the scheme, parents living in the borough can claim £30 when they spend over £50 on washable nappies or accessories.

Reduce your waste at home

Reduce your waste out shopping

Broken electrical items

When expensive electrical items (such as white goods) stop working, many people assume that the item will need to be replaced.

The reality is that a simple repair of broken electrical items may be cost effective, and in some instances the retailer who supplied the item may have a legal obligation to pay for the work.

Breathe new life into your old inhalers

Did you know you can now recycle your used inhalers? Find out more at Recycle Now.

Useful Recycling Websites