In Wiltshire each household produces more than half a tonne of household rubbish every year; across the UK it’s 26 million tonnes!

To us, this seems an incredible amount of waste, too much waste in fact. This is why our Recycle for Wiltshire Team is in the third year of running their Waste Free Feb Campaign. This campaign helps you reassess what you are using and throwing and helps support you in finding alternatives and creating less waste!

The 'Waste Free' Challenge

What does waste-free living mean? It means to avoid unnecessary waste and reduce the need for a rubbish bin. There are huge positive environmental impacts to producing less waste; here are a few examples…

-      Uses fewer resources for raw materials - water, oil, energy, land, space etc.

-      Less waste will be sent to incineration and landfill.

-      It sends a message to businesses, saying “we don’t want your waste”.

-      Local authorities will spend less on landfill tax (currently £89 per tonne), enabling them to spend money elsewhere.

So what is the challenge?

You can set your own challenge; the ultimate goal would be to reduce your waste to the minimum (we aim for a jam jars worth) for the month but we understand this is not realistic for everyone so why not set a goal to produce no more than 1 carrier bag worth of rubbish for the month, or 1 black sack, or a 2litre bottle.

If the prospect of watching waste for one whole month is too difficult then why not try it for a day, a week or even two.

Anything which can be reused, recycled and composted be used but anything that would usually end up in the bin must go in your matchbox, jam jar, bottle, bag or sack.

#WasteFreeFeb 2018 was a great success with over 100 people taking part and over 2 tonnes kept out the bin, imagine what we can save if lots more people got involved!

Sign up to the campaign and let us know what you aim to do during February.

Don’t forget to share on social media when you have signed up #wastefreefeb

Join the community by seeking and giving advice on our Facebook Group Waste Free Feb