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Reducing your waste

Reduce your waste

Reuse

Recycling

Your recycling sites

Home composting

Real nappies

Reducing the amount of waste you produce and recycling properly can help save money, energy - and the planet.

Reduce your waste

By reducing the amount of waste you create you can help cut the amount of waste going to landfill. This starts in the supermarket with reusable bags, reduced packaging and smart shopping.

There are many ways you can reduce the amount of waste you produce including:

  • Only buying the food you need and making use of leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste has some great ideas on how to do this.
  • Home composting is a cheap and natural way to transform garden and kitchen waste into compost. Get Composting give great tips on what products are available and how to make the best compost.
  • Use a bag for life and you can stop 300 plastic bags being sent to landfill each year. These are widely available.
  • Rechargeable batteries can be used several times and save you money as well as reducing waste.

Reuse

Reusing items is better than recycling them, as recycled items have to be reprocessed into something new.

There are many items in your home that you can reuse. This includes ice cream tubs, take away tubs, boxes and furniture.

Donating old furniture to charities is a great way to reuse them. See the The Furniture Project.

Recycling

Wherever possible any waste you produce should be reused or recycled. Recycling waste allows it to be made into something else. Currently, 38% of waste in Mansfield is recycled.

There are many reasons to recycle including:

  • Protecting the environment - recycling stops waste going to landfill. Landfill sites produce lots of methane which contributes to global warming.
  • Saving money - if recycling targets aren't met we may be penalised by national government.
  • We're running out of room - the UK's landfill sites are filling up. In the future reducing, reusing and recycling may be the only way to deal with the waste.

Your recycling sites

We have two household waste recycling centres within the district. They are located at:

  • Kestral Road, off Hermitage Lane, Mansfield
  • Oakfield Lane, Warsop

These sites allow you to recycle:

  • glass
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastic bottles
  • metals
  • green waste
  • engine oil, and
  • car batteries.

There are also several pdf icon bring sites [28kb] within the district. These sites allow you to recycle many different materials.

Home composting

Home composting is a great way to recycle you garden and kitchen waste at home. The Get Composting website provides information on how to make compost and what equipment you need.

Real nappies

Terry nappies offer an alternative to disposable nappies. Disposable nappies can cost up to £1,000 before your child is potty trained whereas real nappies only cost £400.

There is more information on real nappies available on the Real Nappies website.