Take out the trash: 8 steps so that your household waste is not a shame

If we manage to size the scale that our personal decisions make by becoming collective, they will be shocking.

As for waste, we historically referred the issue to the intendancies and governments, in a historic pact for the welfare of common spaces. And there we irresponsibly turned our problem (garbage) into the collective space for another to take over. “For something I pay my taxes,” is the most heard response.

Today that pact is changing because laws and regulations begin to regulate a new way of understanding the commitment required by each role and each party. Efficiency claims “outside” are not sustained in the personal or private sphere and then can hardly be maintained in global policies.

Everyone must be responsible for a part of the chain and when we say “in the first world this does not happen” we must think about what happens inside and outside doors. There is much to improve in both spaces, but one cannot without the other.

Then, first things recognize that we should be an active part in the dimension and solution of a problem that has many facets.

Next, remember that the whole process is a cultural change that is achieved gradually with the order, responsibility, and commitment. It must be an invitation to improve continuously where we must first understand, learn, reduce, reuse, repair, classify, recycle and redesign, starting today, if not yesterday.

It is a chain of many people doing a little, and doing their part!

Here we offer to Skip the Tip recommendations according to the place and activity. Today we share these services for the home. In the following posts, we will share the most practical details of each of these possibilities and ideas.

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Reaction in:

  • home
  • in the office
  • in the events
  • in food stores
  • in the educational centers
  • in companies and industry

In the home

  • Use a reusable shopping bag it is useful to have in the car, the bike, in the wallet and a small reminder when leaving home.
  • Choose products with fewer packages and returnable containers. Many times when we go shopping we have more options than we think. It is also good that we explain to the seller that we do not want the additional packaging, so they will also think twice before delivering them.
  • Choose products with more reusable and recyclable packages. If you don’t know which ones are recyclable you can inform yourself here.
  • Dispose (throw) in special plans and containers. The most accessible example in Newcastle is your Container Services located in each supermarket.
  • Composting
  • Repair: objects, clothes, appliances. Eliminate that idea that repaired is “old” or unattractive or that speaks badly of us.
  • Choose responsible spare parts and cleanings: deposits, toys, appliances, furniture. Plan your departure, donate as much as possible to institutions, and request the removal of the irreparable or large volume products. Never leave the “highest bidder” next to the container.