These are just a "few examples" of the unwanted items we throw away that become "waste", most of which are destined for disposal at a smelly landfill site! People who live in close proximity to these sites know too well about the smells and odours emitted from these sites and of the vast numbers of scavengers that are attracted to landfill areas such as sea gulls and rats to name just a few!
With landfill sites fast becoming filled to the brim, we are having to develop alternative ways in order to deal with our household wastes. Changes to the current methods of waste disposal will be driven (in part) by environmental pressures, sustainability issues and health and safety requirements, all of which will have affect upon each and every one of us to some degree!
Reducing the amount of wastes you produce is therefore crucial, even if you only start with recycling (it all makes a huge difference). But don't forget you can take it a a stage further, and make yourself (and save) some money along the way! So start today, you having nothing to lose!
Wastes where possible should be reduced at source, which means our manufacturing companies and retailers should be doing their bit to reduce waste as well. Check out the outlets where you shop and ask them about their policies for reducing waste, and what recycling facilities do they have to offer!
With a little thought, the waste being placed into your normal refuse bin, can be reduced to this! So you may be wondering where has all the other waste gone then?
- Paper, glass, metals, plastic containers, tops, boxes and plastic bags can all be disposed of via recyling banks, or kerbside collection schemes.
- Kitchen and green wastes including cardboard can be put into a wormery or a composting unit. 3. Recycle 1. Reduce 2. Reuse (Note: this does not include meat and bones)!
Schools for The Gambia
Why not take the 3R's principle one step further, by recycling all your unwanted school books, furniture, computers, stationery and writing materials. In May this year I met a truly inspiration lady (Mae Winterton) at a regional waste meeting in Cheshire. Mae is the founder of a Registered Charity called "Schools for The Gambia" (Reg. No. 1070632). This charity is constantly on the look out for these such items, for re-use in schools in The Gambia (who are in great need of these resources!)
If you have items you want to dispose of, or know of any organisation or individuals who may have similar items, please contact Mae Winterton (details are given below).
Mrs Mae Winterton
Cheshire, CW12 3PU.
Fax: 01260 272425
Website: www.schoolsforgambi a.org.uk