Packaging makes up a large proportion of the waste in our bins so here are some tips to help you ‘slim your bin’:

  • Buy fruit and vegetables loose to avoid unnecessary and expensive packaging
  • When possible only buy items with recyclable packaging for example in a box instead of blister packs
  • Reuse plastic takeaway containers to store food
  • Foil containers can be reused for cooking and freezing and foil wrap can be washed and reused again
  • The bags used for sliced bread are thicker than most other plastic bags and can be washed and used for freezing or storing food
  • Reuse wrapping paper, bows and ribbons and make gift tags from old birthday and Christmas cards
  • Cartons and tetra paks are strong and can hold liquids so can be used as a plant pot or a glue/paint pot when doing crafts with the children
  • Plastic egg boxes can also be used for paint and glue or for planting seeds in the spring