Bins, rubbish and recycling See which recycling bin to use

Reducing waste in your home

As well as using recycling bins, there are other ways we can all reduce waste. Here are some ideas to try at home.


Composting uses garden and food waste and provides gardeners with a self-made supply of soil improver to help with plants.

You can use vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant and grass cuttings, cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper and fallen leaves.

Our partners Recycle Now provide advice and tips on how to get started.


Our partners Love Food give advice about how to make food last longer, stay fresher and offer ideas on what to do with leftovers. Find out:

Brown bin items

There are plenty of fun and useful things to do with items you usually put in your brown bins, including: glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, tins, cans, tin foil and foil containers.

Here are some ideas:

  • Make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle, as explained by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Use old tin cans and cut up plastic bottles as planters for your garden or yard
  • Use jars as food storage (after washing them out)
  • Make pen holders from small bottles and cans (after washing them out)



Was this page helpful?

Was this page helpful?