There are many steps you can take to help you save money as well as doing your bit to help the environment, and many of these start at home.
Becoming more aware of the waste you produce is an important place to start and these pages will give you some suggestions of the actions you can take to help reduce, reuse and recycle even more of your waste.
Reducing waste is the most environmentally-friendly option compared with reuse and recycling. It requires no energy, uses no resources, creates no waste and even saves money.
You can reduce your waste by:
After reducing waste and buying only things you need reuse is the next step. Although many will view recycling on par with reuse there is no energy involved with reuse apart from finding out who could make good use of it.
You can reuse your waste by:
Why not consider giving away your unwanted items for others to reuse...
Freegle is an online service which allows you to get and give unwanted items for free from residents within your local community to help keep potential reusable items out of the waste system.
For more information on giving away your items and how to join the community visit I Love Freegle - Preston Freegle Group.
To find out what residents are giving away in Preston currently visit I Love Freegle - Preston items.
Alternatively, you can donate your unwanted items to local charities, a number of which will collect free of charge.
Recycling is the final part to the waste hierarchy. After reducing and reusing recycling is the next step to help the environment. Recycling conserves resources, provides thousands of jobs and allows recyclable material to be used hundreds of times, also saving energy.
For a useful list of items you can and can't put in your recycling bins see what can I put in my recycling bins and boxes?