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What if we launched a campaign for review the production of household waste? In times of Spending Review and prevailing savings, an initiative of this type would suit us perfectly, and would contribute to the purpose of saving us all a little. The environment would also gain immediately, in terms of less pollution.
The problem is serious: we produce too much waste and we still don't recycle enough. Landfills are not enough and incinerators, or waste-to-energy plants which is less scary, are still a problem. If it is as true as it is true that changing your spending habits and sorting through differentiated products is hard work, and we don't like it, let's try to consider it a game. We could call it the Game of waste, or Waste Game which is cooler.
The Waste Game it works like this: the house we live in is our business and we are the entrepreneurs: the goal is to get as few garbage bags out the door as possible. We can mark the number on a notebook: today one, tomorrow another… and have the weekly or monthly sum to compare over time. The next step is to distinguish the types of waste: how much paper in my waste? How much plastic? How humid? How undifferentiated?
Once you have compiled the first waste list for a month, or a week you decide…, the sequel to the game becomes: do less! It can be fun, if there are children they will be happy to be involved and maybe become them household waste managers (watch out for the sticks on the fingers!) with a reward for each goal achieved.
House waste lists will reveal to you what kind of consumer you are and you will know how to correct the shot. You may not notice it, but you discard too many plastic packaging, or you make it so wet forgetting that you have a small garden that needs humus. Having information is the first step to act in the right direction and from Game of waste you will have what you need.
Compiled our consumer identikit with Game of waste , we can try to change our spending habits and less virtuous behaviors. Only in this way can we make our small contribution to general change: packaging is a problemSo let's stop taking bulky and polluting packaging into the house. Only by seeing that certain packages are no longer sold will manufacturers change the system. Starting with this example, here is a list of tips for reducing the amount of household waste.
- Avoid buying products in packages that are too bulky or full of plastic boxes; do not choose what cannot be recycled.
- If you are lucky enough to be able to do this, personally grow a part of the vegetables and fruit you consume, or buy fresh vegetables at zero km instead of frozen or pre-packaged, avoiding plastic wrapping and bags.
- Buy fresh cuts of meats and cheeses rather than prepackaged in plastic boxes and films.
- Buy glass bottles instead of plastic and, if possible, returnable.
- To clean the oven and services, do not buy toxic products, bleach, ammonia-based products, disinfectants, detergents, dishwashing liquids and sprays. At the time of purchase, give preference to products that do not pollute.
- If you really can't avoid buying packaged products, prefer cardboard, cellophane and paper packaging, which are all biodegradable and can be recycled.
- Buy single metal cans to be able to recycle them better.
- Divide the garbage into separate bins: one for paper and cardboard; one for glass and metals; one for the organic substances to be reduced into fertilizer (for this reason, follow the separate waste collection instructions of the municipality where you live). Reuse or recycle whatever is possible.
- Do not throw away any equipment, large or small, but use it as a partial payment for a new tool or take it to the junk shop.
- Turn all vegetable and organic waste from the kitchen into fertilizer, by making home composting if you have the possibility or by transferring the organic fraction to separate collection (where it is active).
- Do not empty medicines, chemicals, paints and other toxic products in sinks or toilets. Always get rid of them safely.