Waste disposal top tips

We often think about rubbish and what can be recycled and what goes in our household bin. Did you know that recycling and disposal are actually towards the bottom of the waste hierarchy. If you want to protect the environment and save money, why not check out our top tips on reducing the amount of rubbish you make, reusing items where possible and recycling your items correctly.

Waste Minimisation top tips
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables where possible instead of packaged items. Why not try a local greengrocer?
  • Why not find out where your nearest refill shop is to buy unpackaged items such as pasta and rice
  • Try to use solid soaps such as hand soap and shampoo bars to reduce packaging waste
  • Carry reusable items such as metal straws with you rather than using disposables
Reducing your rubbish
The 3 R's- No 1. REDUCE

Reducing the amount of rubbish you use is the most effective way to minimise your impact on the environment. If you use less then less resources are used in the production of new items/ packaging and less power is used to make them, less fuel is used for transportation, and less rubbish has to be disposed of.
All these actions have a positive impact on the environment.
There are countless ways to reduce the rubbish you produce. Why not start by reading our top tips and see which you could start doing today!

Top tip resources
Love Food Hate Waste

Check you are storing food correctly and find recipes to use up leftovers and reduce food waste even more

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Waste Re-use top tips
  • If you have unwanted items, you could donate them to a charity shop or pass them on
  • Wash out and reuse takeaway containers to store food and take packed lunches
  • Look for reusable items as an alternative to disposables such as real nappies and washable sanitary products and wipes
The 3 R's- No 2. Reuse

You can help the environment and reduce the amount of resources being used by using items that are made to be used over and over again. Some examples are washable nappies and sanitary products, reusable straws and reusable shopping bags. These items can be used, washed, and used again for the same purpose and get rid of the need for disposable items.
Passing items on to others through charity shops, selling sites or passing on to family and friends is also a great way to ensure products are reused for all of their useful life. The longer something is used for its intended use, the better it is for the environment. Once it is no longer fit for purpose it should be reused in another way or recycled so the materials are not wasted.
Another way to reuse is to use items for something other than their original use. For example washing out takeaway boxes and using them for packed lunches and storing food, making gift tags from used cards, or using empty yogurt pots as seedling trays.
We can all make a difference if we start to think differently.

Top tip resources
Pass it on

Find out how to pass on your unwanted items

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a cardboard aquarium

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a carton bird feeder

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a mini bug hotel

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a decoupage jar

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a loo roll desk tidy

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make magazine flowers

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make an egg carton photo frame

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a pop bottle planter

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Reuse Craft Card

How to make a socktopus

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Waste Recycling top tips
  • Make sure you know what goes in each bin- you can use this app, the council and Renewi websites or refer to your bin sticker
  • Batteries can be taken to any shop that sells batteries as well as any Council building for recycling
  • There is a network of 30 bring sites across Wakefield for you to take items to to be recycled
  • A wide range of materials and items can be recycled at all 3 HWRC's
The 3 R's- No 3. Recycle

Recycling means reprocessing items back into a usable material form. For example when plastic bottles are placed in the recycling bin they are then separated from other material types, cleaned and then melted down before being made into pellets that can be used to make new plastic bottles.
Although this is a far better way of dealing with rubbish than sending it to landfill or using it for energy from waste, it still uses resources such as power, water, fuel etc. so it is better to try to reduce or reuse your rubbish first.
Recycling is incredibly important as it means less raw materials have to be mined, drilled or forested, reducing our impact on the wider environment.
Some materials such as metal ore and crude oil are as finite materials which means when they're gone, they're gone! This is why it is imperative that we recycle as much of these materials as possible rather than letting them be wasted and lost.

Top tip resources
Let's Sort it out sticker Click here to download
Green Household Bin Sticker Click here to download
Brown Recycling Bin Sticker Click here to download
Brown Garden Waste Bin Click here to download
Waste Education top tips
  • Follow us on social media for daily updates
  • Our Education Team can come and visit your community group to talk about rubbish and recycling
  • Come and visit our education centre in South Kirkby
Education and Community
Ways to get involved and learn about reducing and reusing rubbish and how to recycle effectively

Renewi has an Education Team dedicated to providing environmental education in a fun and interactive way.

Renewi working in partnership with Wakefield Council opened a purpose built Waste Education and Recycling Education Centre in 2016, based at our state of the art waste facility in South Kirkby.
The centre introduces you to the wonderful world of waste and recycling through interactive exhibits which explore the types of waste generated in Wakefield and the journey that your rubbish takes . The education centre is free to visit and open to the public 6 days a week.

Renewi’s Education Team deliver interactive workshops and assemblies to schools, colleges and youth groups across the district, as well as visits and talks to the public at community events. Renewi is keen that everyone helps to make Wakefield a more environmentally friendly district. All sessions delivered by the Renewi Education Team are completely free of charge.

Look out for our team, events are updated on our website and our Facebook page Wakefield Recycles, or book us for your event.

Top tip articles / events
Press release for Sculpture: Friendship, Unity & Progress

A new sculpture has been installed and unveiled at the South Kirkby Waste Management facility....

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Educational events held to help protect our environment

Wakefield Council’s recycling partner Renewi are running a series of educational events over the summer...

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Top tip resources
Your Rubbish, Our Resource

A virtual lesson all about what happens to rubbish in Wakefield District

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A day in the life of a bring site driver

Learn about what members of our staff do in different roles

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