It’s difficult to change the everyday habits that we do at home. Making one small change can make a huge difference to the environment and save you money. Here are some suggestions:
One-third of the food we buy ends up in the bin, which can cost the average Irish household around €700 each year.
The main reason people waste food is that they buy too much or they don’t use it on time. By making small changes to how we manage food at home, we can reduce the amount of food we waste and save money at the same time. Here is a helpful list of tips you can start today:
There is plenty of help and advice on food waste on the Stop Food Waste website.
Everyday products used for cleaning, decorating our homes, improving our gardens, and even for personal grooming are hazardous to ourselves and the environment. This is recognised by the hazard symbol on the label of the product. Below are some tips in reducing, preventing and managing hazardous waste in the home:
More information if needed can be found in the EPA’s Householders Guide to Hazardous Waste Prevention. There is extra information on waste batteries provided by the EPA.
There is a room by room approach to saving money and reducing the use of chemicals and hazardous materials in this Greener Cleaning Guide.
For the garden, there is a Greener Gardening Guide to help reduce the environmental impact you have and preventing waste when gardening.
All waste collectors operate a system of waste separation, collecting residual waste and recycling waste on alternate weeks. You should always check with your bin service provider what can and cannot go into certain bins.
Recycling (Green bin): Common materials collected in the recycling or green bin include cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, drinks cans, tins and Tetra paks.
Organic Waste (Brown bin): Householders must segregate their food waste and put it in to the brown bin. Materials collected in the brown bin include kitchen food scraps, fruit and vegetables, plant trimmings, tea bags.
Residual or general waste (Black bin): Finally, your residual waste bin is for any waste that you cannot put into your recycling or organic bins.
You can find out more info on how to use the brown bin correctly.
Stop Food Waste is a helpful resource.
Composting is the natural process of decomposition that turns organic materials like garden waste and vegetable food scraps into a dark, crumbly and earthy smelling material called compost.
Composting at home is an effective way of dealing with garden and unavoidable food waste.
There is lots of help on composting on the EPA’s Stop Food Waste website.
The EPA also provide a free downloadable Practical Guide to Home Composting.