No one likes when things go to waste. Especially if you spent money on something and weren’t able to use it or you didn’t get the value from it you expected. But with a little planning, we can all strive to reduce or eliminate waste by being conscious of our actions. Here are a few ideas that can help you cut back on your waste production right now:

  • Go for bulk:
  • When you buy in bulk, you reduce the amount of packaging needed for products you may buy repeatedly in smaller quantities. Even if you don’t need a large amount of the product immediately, you can store much of it in reusable containers for future use. On the plus side, buying in bulk can also save you some money.

  • Skip convenience:
  • Bottled water and K-cups are exceptionally convenient, but the resources used to make them require a vast amount of energy in the manufacturing phase. Then, when you consider how these small items add up in landfills, the numbers are astronomical. Instead, buy a quality filter pitcher for your water, and use a generic K-cup pod that is reusable and add your own coffee (or tea). You can actually have a great variety of choices using a reusable filter

  • Plan ahead:
  • When going grocery shopping, be sure to take a list and stick with it. Without a list, people can be prone to impulse shopping that leads to future waste, when the items purchased aren’t used and go bad. And don’t forget, when shopping at the grocery store, bring your own reusable totes instead of option for paper or plastic at the checkout line.

  • Do some research:
  • When it comes to electronics and housewares, do a little research to find out which products are of higher quality and are most likely to provide a longer life expectancy. By spending a little more money up front, you’ll get more use out of the product, thus providing you with greater value—and less chance of waste.

Bay Disposal & Recycling knows there is more to reducing our waste problems then just recycling. As we always say, an informed consumer is a proactive consumer