22 Tips to Reduce and Save!

Less Waste – More Money – Reduce Stress

Less waste means less stress about disposing of stuff or recycling it later. Taking the lead, changing your habits, encouraging family and co-workers to do the same will make a difference so why not give it a go!

There are lots of ways to reduce waste, save time and  spend less money all of which helps our environment so let’s start today. Get your kids, family, friends and colleagues engaged by sharing the 22 tips listed.

Recycle IT have listed 21 tips to avoid waste and save!

Steps include

  1. Reuse paper and plastic shopping bags for both grocery or clothes shopping
  2. Use a shopping basket instead of a trolley.
  3. Do not buy over packaged products. e.g fruit or meat.
  4. Leave excess packaging at the store or shop – they might get the idea!
  5. Think about whether you need an item before you buy it.
  6. Go paperless – stop printing, e.g. buy an online newspaper subscription.
  7. Print on both side of the page or not at all.
  8. Reject junk mail – place a sign on your post box.
  9. Give away or sell what you don’t need.
  10. Purchase used products from the web, car boot sales or classified ads.
  11. Make the decision to reuse e.g. books, clothes, shoes.
  12. Buy less food – purchase what you need not what you want!
  13. Compost and mulch your garden greens for reuse.
  14. Borrow, lend, rent, and share equipment including toys, and tools.
  15. Maintain and repair instead of replacing.
  16. Buy for a long life or durability.
  17. Be mindful of buying into trends or fads – they are short-lived.
  18. Use long life light bulbs.
  19. Use recyclable, repairable, refillable,  re usable, or biodegradable products.
  20. Bring food to school, work or on picnic’s  in reusable containers..
  21. Travel to the shops less therefore reducing CO2 emissions.
  22. In your home or office, why not question the need for new stuff !
Waste Not – Want Not

Some facts about waste in Ireland?

  • The total amount of waste generated in the state (industrial, commercial, household) at the last full survey was 19.8 Million tonnes which is equivalent to 4.3 tonnes per person
  • The economic downturn has had a marked influence on municipal waste generation. It has decreased by 17% since it peaked in 2007
  • Household waste generated per person in Ireland in 2011 amounted to 367kg which is considerably less than the EU average of 438kg
  • One third of the food we buy ends up in the bin. This can cost the average household up to €1,000 per year
  • Ireland is among the top performing EU countries in terms of municipal waste recycling

Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to over 100,000 homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

2017 Pakman Award Winner – Recycle IT – Community Recycling Project of the Year.

To learn more about recycling electrical equipmment please call Recycle IT on 01 4578321 or email us


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