Reduce your waste

Reduce your waste, save money and protect the planet

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Redbridge collects the 5th highest amount of waste in the UK. Reducing waste, in addition to recycling, will help fight Climate Change and improve the streets of our local community. Humans are the problem but they’re also the solution. That’s why we’re asking you to do your bit as a resident to reduce waste. We believe taking small steps can make a big difference.

Here are some things you can do today to reduce your waste and save money too:

Repair Cafés

Repairing your items is a great way to prolong the life of the items you already own. Repair cafés are a way to learn repair skills and give new life to your belongings.

Check out the repair café website to find a repair café near you, like the Transition Town Ilford repair café that meets at Redbridge Central Library from 2pm every other Saturday, check their website for the latest dates

Interested in starting a repair café in your area? Send us an email for more information

Love food hate waste

The Love Food, Hate Waste is a campaign that provides practical tools to help you plan your meals, shop more wisely and cook more creatively. On average a family of four can save around £70 each month if they turned less food into rubbish!

Compost at home

Composting is nature's process of recycling kitchen and garden waste into valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. By composting, you can reduce your rubbish by at least 30% and that means less waste rotting in landfill. To learn more about the dos and don’ts of compositing visit the composting web page.

As part of Great Big Green Week 2022 we'll be running composting workshops, make sure you're signed up to the Our Streets enewsletter for the latest dates and information. 

Try reusable nappies

We’re currently offering a ‘reusable nappy' trial pack', worth over £35, for just £5 to residents with children under 18 months (limit of one pack per child). 'Reusable nappies' are washable cloth nappies which are a brilliant alternative to disposable nappies with many benefits for parents, babies and our planet. You can save up to £500 per baby per year.

Love your clothes

The Love Your Clothes campaign exists to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment. It is working to help change the way UK consumers buy, use and dispose of their clothing. With an estimated 300,000 tonnes of used clothing going to landfill in the UK, we’re encouraging residents to reconsider their habit. Why not explore, the Love Your Clothes website and dispose of your clothes at your local textile bank?

Cut back on single use plastic 

Swapping single use plastic items for reusables tackles the plastic problem. Choosing reusable alternatives can save money and provide longer lasting products. 

Bringing a reusable bag when we shop, taking our own travel mug for hot drinks on the go and asking for our own water bottles to be refilled are a good place to start.

Already mastered the reusables, why not try visiting a refill or zero waste shop with containers from home. 

Check out our webpage dedicated to single use plastic swaps for more inspiration.