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Waste Minimisation

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Each year Gosport produces around 26,095 tonnes of household waste and this is continuing to rise.  As our quality of life increases we buy more and this creates more waste.  Waste minimisation is about avoiding and reducing the waste we create.  Why not follow the tips below to ‘slim your bin?’ 

 

Stop Junk Mail

 

Every year 21 billion items (550,000 tonnes) of direct mail is sent to UK addresses.  You can stop junk mail by registering with the Mailing Preference Service or by calling 0845 703 4599.  If you do not wish to receive Yellow Pages you can opt out by phoning their delivery, ordering and enquiry centre, on 0800 671444.

 

Compost Your Leftover Food

 

Around 25% of the food we throw away can be composted.  Composting is a great way to use your unwanted kitchen waste.  It helps reduce waste and can be turned in to nutrient rich soil for your garden!  To buy a compost bin or for more information click here.

 

Use Real Nappies

 

Real nappies are easy to use, come in a wide range of colours and styles, and can save you money too! They will also cut your household rubbish by up to half. The Fareham and Gosport Real Nappy Network holds regular events to give you advice and demonstrate available options.  Click here for more information, and to request your FREE real nappy guide.

 

Green Shopping

 

The food you buy can have a big impact on the environment.  Click here for tips on ways to "green" your shopping. 

 

Donate Unwanted Furniture

 

There are plenty of ways to donate your unwanted furniture, helping both the community and the environment at the same time. 

 

  • Jacobs Well Care Centre is a local charity and receives donations of carpet, paint and household items to sell at a reduced cost to low income families.  For more information visit their web site or phone 02392 583050.  
  • The British Heart Foundation is constantly looking for fresh stock for its Furniture and Electrical stores and offers a FREE collection service, which helps the environment
         through recycling in your local community. Call the Fareham store on 01329 825847.

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Donate Unwanted Items

  • Take unwanted clothes to your local textile bank.
  • Clothes, toys, books or other household items can all be reused by local charity shops.
  • Use Free Ads or car boot sales to sell your unwanted goods.
  • Unwanted magazines will be appreciated at your local doctor’s or
doctors surgery.
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