Our kitchen is the engine of the household, and it’s here we can make the biggest impact on our waste output.
It’s in the kitchen where we usually have the household’s main general waste bin: the go-to place to bring general waste from around the house.   So if we want to reduce our waste we should start – and stop! – here.

1. Consumer Power

The best way to reduce your waste is simply not to buy it in the first place: try to choose a similar product with less packaging, even if it costs a bit more:

2. Plan

Don’t cook more than you need, or if you do make sure you cook double so you can save it for another meal. Plan your shopping to match your needs & don’t buy stuff you know you usually end up throwing away.

3. Rot

Compost your waste food, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and vegetable peelings! Given that the planet’s soil quality is depreciating at a rate of knots, it’s a crying shame that any food waste at all ends up in landfill. It doesn’t take much room in your garden for a compost bin; they’re readily available and can also be a great tool for your veg production! If you don’t have Even if you don’t have a garden or space to host a compost bin, your council should have multiple facilities to take your compostable waste away to their purpose-built facilities. There’s also an option to compost on your kitchen top with the Japanese method of Bokashi.  See our blog post on composting

4. Recycle

Most food packaging can be widely recycled, please check the ‘disposal’ section on the packaging for recyclability (not all will have this), or recycling codes & logos embossed on your plastic trays to make sure. Please be aware not all are widely recycled, and many which look like they should will actually do more harm to our system if placed in your recycling bin (‘contaminated plastics’ placed into recycling bins costs Angus Council up to £1m p/a and can result in the whole lorry load being diverted to landfill)!
Have an interim recycling bin conveniently placed your kitchen to make it more convenient for you to recycle.


5. Re-use

  • Ditch the single use paper towels and buy or make cloth alternatives.
  • Say goodbye to cling film and invest in a Beeswax or Soya Wrap.
  • Consider ways your kitchen waste can be repurposed rather than throwing it away – start making eco-bricks from soft plastic stuffed into plastic bottles, or save glass jars for making jam and other projects.

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