TOP TIPS FOR REDUCING WASTE
According to Bee’ah, The Sharjah Environment Company, the average UAE resident produces 3.4 – 3.8kg per day. That’s 1314 kg per year - amongst the highest in the world!
The best way to deal with waste is to reduce. “Reducing” means not producing as much waste in the first place. This helps in:
- saving the Earth’s natural resources
- saving energy
- reducing the risk of climate change
- reducing the need for landfills
Once you have done all you can to reduce your production of waste, then think about how you can reuse items that you consider as waste. Once you have done all you can to reuse the waste, then think about how you can recycle the waste.
Reduce Paper Waste
- Minimise your use of paper. Use the power of the web. Save and read documents electronically
- If you really must use paper, adopt double sided printing and photocopying.
- Convey messages verbally, by email or by using the diary to note down important notices, rather than giving everyone an individual paper copy of the circular
- Always keep a scrap paper tray in classrooms and near the copier and other places where paper is generated to hold discarded paper for reusing or recycling
- If you have a laser printer, then dedicate one of the trays for scrap paper use where you can print less important documents on the other side.
- Reuse old paper or notices that are printed on one side to make small note pads
- Use old envelopes by sticking new label on the previous address
- Keep cardboard boxes from deliveries for in-house storage
Reduce plastic, food and metallic waste
- Use refillable pens and pencils
- Use reusable glass or plastic bottles and flasks for drinks
- Pack no- waste lunches by cutting down on food packaging, single-use and disposable items such as plastic bags, cups, plates and cutlery. If your school provides food, then ask them to use reusable cutlery and crockery
- Don’t waste food. Take only as much as you can eat and save leftovers, when possible
- At the supermarket, choose products that have less packaging
- Don’t use a plastic bag to package large fruit/vegetables (eg. Bananas, melons, aubergines) – these items can be weighed and labeled individually.
- Bring your old plastic bags to the supermarket or use reusable fabric bags, to minimise your use of new plastic bags.
- Reduce battery waste. Use solar powered calculators
- Always use rechargeable batteries
- Get old printer cartridges refilled or dispose of them at special facilities (usually offered by the manufacturer)
Conducting a waste audit in your class is a good way to start a waste reduction drive. You can get tips from www.beatiwatani.com / Level 6 / Managing our Waste / Activities