Reducing Waste

Reducing what you waste is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.

From thinking differently about what you buy, to using re-usable items, to and composting at home – there are lots of ways to make a real difference.

Stop unwanted mail

To stop receiving unsolicited advertising mail, contact the Isle of Man Post Office

Be aware when giving your name and address; ensure you indicate you don’t want your details to be used for future promotions or passed to other marketing agencies.

Think before you shop

Before you shop, think about how you could reduce your waste. For example, you could buy things with less packaging, or second-hand items.

Can you buy something that will last longer rather than a disposable item? Rechargeable batteries are cheaper than disposables, and they can be used again and again – and using real crockery and cutlery for your parties instead of disposable ones can make a real difference.

To avoid taking home more carrier bags, choose reusable shopping bags: keep them in the car boot or pop a folded cotton bag in your handbag or pocket so you always have one to hand.

Your rubbish is another person’s treasure!

Contact your local housing charity – they distribute unwanted furniture and household goods to those in need.

Having a clear out? Donate good quality clothing, books and unwanted gifts to charity shops. Alternatively use the clothing banks at your local recycling centre.

Avoid wasting food

Every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 a month.

To find out useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice on portioning and meal planning, visit Love Food Hate Waste.


Instead of throwing away your old furniture or clothes, why not create something new from something old? Follow this link for some great up-cycling inspiration