The best way to manage solid waste is to not produce it in the first place. To that end, buy only what you need. Buy durable products, and maintain and repair them to ensure longer product life. Borrow or rent items you don’t use often.
Avoid excess packaging by choosing large containers instead of several small ones, buying concentrates, and buying food in bulk when it is available. Also, compare the size of the package to the size of the product. If there appears to be far more package than product, choose another brand.
Some products don’t need a package. For instance, is it really necessary to shrink-wrap produce and place it on a paperboard tray? A hammer could be hung on a rack, rather than in a blister pack. However, other products clearly do require some packaging.
Many containers, such as glass milk bottles, can be returned to the industry for redistribution and reuse. Refills are now available in many stores for an increasing number of cleaning products. Also, many hair salons offer refills on shampoo and other hair-care products.
Reusable packaging is anything that can be reused for a different purpose. For example, a plastic container can be reused as a storage container. However, never reuse food packages to store hazardous materials.
Manging the household waste is the very essential part for the homemaker. Here are some tips that would help manging the waste. 1. Limit the number of items brought into the home and reuse and recycle. 2. Follow the method of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 3. While shopping, don't buy useless products. One should be very smart while shopping. 4. If one has a garden in the house, there can be a pit dug in the garden and add all the wastes from grosary and kitchen into it. This will help produce bio-manure to the plants and avoid waste too. 5. Try avoid using plastic bags in the wastes.
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All my kitchen waste goes into making compost along with dry leaves,twigs and other plant waste got from the plants and trees. Paper is given to the person who comes to collect it once a month and I reuse plastic bags until it disintegrates and cannot be used.