Recycle: Looking after our planet


Hi everyone, Ruby here! As well as keeping ourselves healthy we must also maintain keeping our planet healthy too!


Did you know?

Households in Havering produce over 95,000 tonnes of rubbish and recycling each year. Each household produces roughly a tonne of rubbish and recycling each year through household waste collections and waste taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre.


Why prevent waste?

It saves resources and saves money. It costs £108 for every tonne we send to landfill. Landfilling our waste harms, the environment. When organic waste, such as food, paper and clothes break down in a landfill site they give off greenhouse gases, such as methane, which is twenty times more polluting and dangerous to our planet than carbon dioxide.


Here are some things you can easily do to help reduce waste:​ 


Smart shopping

Planning your meals

Buy rechargeable batteries and recycle old ones in supermarkets

Buy loose fruit and vegetables

Avoid single usage of items

Prepare yourself by making a list for when you go shopping

Donate to a local food bank


Love food hate waste!

You can save up to £50 a month by throwing away less food. You can find out more at: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com  

Homes in the UK throw away over 1/4 of their weekly grocery shop. Meanwhile, our cupboards are full of things we'll never eat or use. That's crazy!  OLIO,​ is a free app that connects neighbours so spare food and belongings can be shared, not thrown away. Everything listed on OLIO is for free or for donation to charity. If you love food, hate waste, care about your community or the environment, OLIO is for you. You can also save money and prevent food waste by planning your meals, checking food dates, storing food correctly, checking your portions and getting creative with any food leftovers!


Home composting

Composting is nature's way of recycling. You can use your garden and kitchen waste to start your own worm farm in your own garden! You can use your compost for: feeding your lawn, preparing a flower bed or vegetable patch or giving existing potted plants a nutrient boost. 

As well as composting your garden and food scraps you can also compost: corrugated cardboard, newspaper, toilet roll tubes, tissues, paper towels, napkins, wool and natural fibre clothing.

Compost bins will fit in to a small space and they can come in different sizes or you can get crafty and make your own.


"We can all make a difference with small changes"

Ruby Xx