Brentford Recycling Action Group advises that the key things to remember are “reduce, reuse and recycle” – the three Rs – in that order. Going beyond reducing waste, shoppers on Brentford High Street can also choose to buy more ethical products, such as food that has a lower impact on the planet.
This means we must consume and throw away less. So think about what you really need and try purchasing items that are durable, long-lasting goods. Hunt down products and packaging that are as free of toxics as possible to reduce the risk of environmental harm. As waste reduction actually prevents the generation of rubbish in the first place, it is the most preferable method of waste management.
This can be achieved by repairing broken items, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them also reduces waste. Consider how you can use a product more than once, either for the same purpose or for a different purpose. Reusing, when possible, is preferable to recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
This is to ensure that materials that would otherwise become waste are turned into valuable resources. This generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. After collection, materials (eg, glass, metal, plastics, and paper) are separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products. It takes 95% less energy to recycle an aluminium can than to make a new one. Waste that is not recycled is either incinerated or sent to a landfill site.
Coming out of the community planning process for Brentford High Street one of the recommendations was that the Brentford community started a Transition Town initiative, working together to reduce our ecological footprints. Here are five tips from Transition Brentford to help you get started:
To learn more about Green Living visit or join Brentford Recycling Action Group or Transition Brentford. You can chill out and get your eco-questions answered at Hounslow Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm in the Magpie and Crown.
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