Here’s some top tips:
- Less packaging: opting for foods with less packaging is great from both a transport and a waste perspective, so where it’s possible, it’s worth doing. Consider alternatives: There are some general rules that can help you to decide which alternatives are best.
- Glass and metals are generally higher energy production methods, but they are very easily recycled and tin has a low transport emissions level. They do not float so are less hazardous to marine life.
- Plastics have obvious implications for the environment and efforts are underway by most retailers and food producers to find solutions or alternatives, where possible. Congleton waste collection (from ANSA) does recycle most plastics and they should be put in the SILVER bin. ‘Plastic free Congleton’ also advertises places that recycle plastics including ‘difficult to recycle’ ‘TerraCycle’ options.
- Biodegradable plastic is becoming more popular in recent years. While this is a great idea, it’s important to ensure that local waste services can deal with this material as it cannot be recycled alongside other plastics.
- Consider swapping plastic for silicone. Unlike plastics, it won’t leak toxins over time, is heat and water resistant and can be used in the oven and microwave. It doesn’t float, so is less likely to be swallowed by marine animals, and when burned it releases no carbon or toxins.
- Paper packaging is a low cost, lightweight option, and is a good replacement for plastic. Small amounts of paper can go in the BROWN bin with garden products and food waste. Large quantities can be put in the recycle SILVER bin. Please note: Paper reinforced with a plastic film to make it waterproof cannot be recycled in your waste bin.
- Alternatively, if you have the option, you can have your food locally sourced and delivered to your door in a cardboard box with minimal packaging.