What does waste-free living actually mean?

Living waste-free is about avoiding unnecessary waste and reduce the need for a rubbish bin (but don’t panic, we don’t expect you to lose the bin just yet!). 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 landfill and incineration
  • It sends a message to businesses, saying “we don’t want your waste”.
  • Local councils will spend less on landfill tax (currently £89 per tonne), enabling them to spend money elsewhere.

So what is the challenge?


We want you to reduce your waste. It is as simple as that! You can set your own challenge but the ultimate goal is to reduce your waste to nothing or a jam jar’s worth of waste.
We understand this may not be realistic for everyone, so why not set yourself 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 your waste for one whole month is too difficult then why not try it for a day, a week or even two.

Don’t fear, you do not have to hide away and avoid the supermarket, you can use materials which can be reused, recycled and composted but anything that would usually end up in the bin must go in your matchbox, jam jar, bottle, bag or sack.

You will learn to get savvy with your shopping, recycling and everyday habits which will hopefully lead on to some long-lasting changes.

If you produce less waste during your Waste Free Feb challenge then you can honestly say you have had a positive impact on our planet, one small change at a time! 

Sign up to the Waste Free Feb Challenge

Need help?

Once you have signed up to Waste Free Feb, we will be sending out help, tips and advice but the best help throughout Waste Free Feb is our waste-free guides.

Download our Wiltshire Waste Free Feb guide

Not in Wiltshire, don't worry! Download our National Waste Free Feb guide

We have set up a Facebook Group to support everyone taking part in Waste-Free Feb. This is a place where you can share any tips, good finds and its a great place to ask for help.

Join the community - Waste Free Feb Facebook Group

Have FUN! 

Having fun with this challenge makes it a lot easier. Don't stress and remember we are here to help. Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter (@Slimbins) or Facebook (@WasteFreeFeb & Wiltshire Waste Watchers). Please use #wastefreefeb when sharing your journeys. 

#WASTEFREEFEB 2018 was a huge success with over 100 people taking part and over 2 tonnes kept out the bin. Join us in 2019 to reduce more waste! 

Take on the Waste Free challenge and join us for Waste Free Feb!