Waste Reduction Tips
You can decrease the amount of waste you send to the landfill by practicing the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Save your pennies and avoid overconsumption.
- Only buy things you need or will use often
- Consider used items from a local buy, sell or swap site before buying brand new
- Restyling or repurposing clothing that is still wearable
- Keep in mind what you need verses what you want
- Buying items with less packaging – including fruits and vegetables
- Refuse plastic bags when buying small purchases
- Buy grocery items in bulk – some stores will let you bring your own containers
- Use a reusable food cover instead of plastic wrap
- Avoid single-serving packaged items
- Go paperless – at home and the office
- Send party invitations via email, text and social media
Ditch disposable for reusable.
- Avoid buying disposable items like dust cloths and cleaning wipes
- Rent or borrow items you will only use occasionally or by buy and share items with friends or family
- Repair broken items or ‘upcycle’ them!
- Make party decorations with reusable or recyclable material
- Pack a waste-free lunch with reusable containers, cutlery and a lunch kit
- Donate used clothing, toys, furniture and appliances to local charities and non-profit organizations
- Before you recycle them, try donating used books and magazines to seniors’ homes or doctors and dentist offices
- Drink your coffee or water from reusable containers
- Wrap gifts in reusable materials such as cloth bags, dish towels or receiving blankets
Turn your unwanted waste items into new cool things.
- In your home, put a second bin for recycling beside your garbage bin for convenient sorting and storage
- If they cannot be reused, put all acceptable items in your blue cart
- Learn which items are acceptable at Regina.ca/waste
- Use Waste Wizard to learn how to dispose of your household items
Let’s all work together to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill.