Want to Save Money Quickly? Try Reducing Your Waste
While rubbish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to save up cash, it can be a great jumping off point. Thinking about what we buy before we head to the shops can save us money and is good for the environment. For example, choosing to go to the charity shop instead of the high street or buying items with less packaging will reduce the amount we send to landfill and be cheaper. Cutting down our rubbish helps keep valuable resources out of a landfill and also cuts down the cost of waste disposal – keeping valuable money for other services provided by your local council.
Last year in west London alone we threw away over 350,000 tonnes of rubbish, with an additional 300,000 tonnes of recycling. We are proud that our residents have a 40 percent recycling rate, so keep up the great work everybody! Now, let’s see what else we can do. Here are some simple tips to help us all nip waste in the bud.
Reduce Food Waste
According to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, each month the average family throws away almost £60 of good food that was bought but not eaten. As almost half the food thrown away hasn’t even been opened give planning your meals a try as it’s a great way to reduce your food waste and save money on your food bills. Before heading to the shops check to see what you already have in your fridge, freezer and store cupboard and make a list based on what you are missing. Try this weekly meal planner to make sure you use up all your ingredients and save money at the same time!
For more ideas check out our food section.
Reduce Textile Waste
WRAP estimates in the UK we throw away £140m worth of clothing, weighing around 350,000 tonnes annually. When possible, wash your clothes at 30 degrees and line-dry them, this will make them last longer saving you money as well as reducing energy use. Two birds with one stone!
If you’ve got some clothes you won’t wear and want to use them to get ones you will come along to one of our Swishes.
Reduce Furniture Waste
Ten million items of furniture are tossed away each year. Buying furniture from your local re-use shop will save you a bundle of cash, as large furniture items such as sofas can easily cost over £500 but a lot of the great quality ones sold by local charity shops are less than £100. Plus, there’s no waiting around for deliveries that can take anywhere from 6- 8 weeks. There are quite a few in west London or outside the area check the London Re-use Network for some great deals.
Reduce Paper Waste
Tired of receiving unaddressed letters in the post? As a nation we use 12.5 million tonnes of paper each year according to recyclenow. Opting out of unsolicited advertising mail will help us reduce the amount of paper we use each year. Follow these links to contact the Mailing Preference Service and Royal Mail to let them know your preferences.
Reduce Electrical Waste
Each person in the UK buys almost three new electrical items each year – or around 170 million nationally. Don’t replace broken electrical items with new ones, instead try repairing them or replacing them with used items. Try buying from trusted sources such as ebay, gumtree or check freecycle and freegle as you may find what you are looking for at much less cost or even for free!