The three key principles of being green are to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Some experts would say that the energy involved in recycling makes it an energy inefficient activity itself so our focus should be on reducing and reusing where possible.
Now consider that it can cost upwards on €300 to throw out two bags of rubbish per week for a year in some parts of the country, or nearly €400 for a black wheelie bin to be emptied every week.
Remember though that a green wheelie bin is used for the recycling of dry recyclable household materials and is collected and emptied free of charge. In some areas, the brown bin collection for kitchen and garden waste is also free.
We can make sure that we save our cash by getting more into the green and brown bins and less into the black bins and black rubbish sacks by shopping smarter in the first place. Here are some tips to consider:
Do your shopping in bulk – by buying larger items you’ll end up with less packaging that you’ll eventually have to throw out.
Check the packaging for items you’re buying to make sure they’re recyclable. Even better, check the items themselves to see if they themselves can be recycled.
Buy better quality items that will last longer and won’t need to be thrown out. With so many cheaper quality alternatives available now, the temptation is to buy cheap, use and throw out. Resist!
When food shopping, make sure you shop to a food plan for the week. In the UK it’s estimated that 30% of fresh food purchased is thrown out uneaten and unused.