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Every year we choose a theme for Zero Waste Week. So get on the mailing list and be the first to find out what's in store.

When asked why they love Zero Waste Week, feedback ranges from “Huge thanks for enlightening me. I thought I was doing a lot already but you’ve showed me even more.” to "This week was a real eye opener. I have discovered amazing products I had no idea about before.”

Why should you join in?

Zero Waste Week is an online campaign encouraging you to send less to landfill.

Here’s what some householders say about the week:

“I loved the interaction with others. The sense of community with common purpose is powerful.”

“If you stop to think too much about the environment it's overwhelming, but Zero Waste Week makes you feel you can do something."

"Zero Waste Week makes you feel a part of something bigger, and oh God, maybe there is hope."

Stuck on ideas for what you can do?

1The Three Rs
Remember, the 3Rs are in a particular order for a reason. Most people start with recycling, but if you're already recycling all you can, why not move your way UP the waste hierarchy and see what you could reuse or consume less of?
2Use your kerbside facilities
Most councils offer some recycling from kerbside and this is one of the simplest places to make a difference. Check your council website regularly for any changes in your collections and make the most of them. You have to take your waste to the kerbside anyway, so why not sort your recycling and take that out too!
3Check local bring banks
Do you drive past a local bring bank every day? Type your postcode into the Recycle Now database and find out what's available to you. Once you know what is available, you can put a box of recycling in the car every month or so and recycle extra things as you're driving past.
4Borrow and lend
Many of us have tools or items in our homes we barely use. Why not set up a lending library with neighbours? A set of ladder, an electric drill or even that juicer you keep promising yourself you'll use can all be shared to reduce consumption.
Having a clear out? Before you throw things away, remember the saying 'One man's trash is another's treasure'. Could you donate to a charity shop or local jumble sale? Check out your local Freecycle or Freegle group too, to find people in your area who might just have a use for things you no longer need.
6Mind your language!
Ban the words leftovers and replace with ingredients! That odd tablespoon of tuna can be mixed with mayonnaise for tomorrow's lunchtime sandwich. Turn the leftover veg into the wonderful comfort food, bubble and squeak. Mix the leftover pasta with peppers and sweetcorn for a quick pasta salad.
7Plant your scraps
If you’ve ever thrown potato peelings in your compost heap you might have ended up with a potato harvest!

Some foods grow brilliantly from scraps including spring onions, celery and yes, potatoes.

Reuse those scraps to grow food. foods that will regrow from kitchen scraps
8Make it simple, stupid
One of the best things we ever did was to get rid of the kitchen bin! Throwing things in there was a hard habit to break, so we replaced it with a recycling container. This really made us stop and think before throwing anything away. Plus it made it simpler to remember to recycle.
9Learn a skill
Do you throw clothes away if a button comes off or zip needs mending? Do you get rid of electricals when they no longer work? Why not learn a new skill? By repairing things you save money and resources.
10Reduce your paper footprint
Fed up of all that junk mail? You can opt out from Royal Mail junk on their website. Make sure you contact people who send you unwanted catalogues too and get your details removed from their database. If you have a home office, set the printer to print on both sides.
11Doing all you can?
Then inspire others. Share your tips and ideas because you never know who is ready to make changes. Share on our Facebook Group.

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