What to do during the outbreak
- Consider home composting as an alternative to using the Household Recycling Centres to dispose of your garden waste. This can be achieved either by piling up your grass cuttings in a corner of the garden, building your own compost heap (opens in a new window) or buying one at Get Composting (opens in a new window)
- Alternatively, you can cut your grass and not use the collection box or fit any mulching adaptors and leave the cuttings on the lawn. This helps keep moisture in when the weather is dry as well as reducing the need to dispose of the cuttings.
- Get your recycling right – ensure you only put items that can be recycled via our kerbside services. To find out what happens to your recycling visit Severn Waste Services (opens in a new window)
- Most councils will accept additional recycling in either a clear plastic bag or cardboard box (they must be able to see the contents) if you have additional recycling to put out.
Reducing your waste
- Look at upcycling or repurposing– you may find you have a talent for it! There’s lots of ideas on Pinterest (opens in a new window) and Good Housekeeping (opens in a new window)
- Repair or repurpose your clothing, Love your clothes (opens in a new window) will provide you with some ideas to get you started.
- Explore how you can reduce the amount of food you throw away. With the average family disposing of over £700 worth of edible food every year, look online for tips, ideas and recipes. The BBC Good Food website (opens in a new window) has some great recipes or how about checking out Jamie Oliver’s Keep Cooking and Carry On (opens in a new window)
- Use some of your recycling for craft projects with your children? Here’s a few ideas from Bright Start Kids (opens in a new window) for starters.