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If you’ve made a decision to reduce your waste by recycling, reusing and composting as much as possible, then congratulations!  Yet for somebody who has no experience with this, starting off with this can be a scary feeling, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  For those novice recyclers, I recently found an article that shares some beginner’s tips for reducing household waste.  Here are those ten tips:

1. Find out what recyclables can be collected from your local garbage man.  If you don’t know what can or can’t be recycled, you can contact your local council, or go to the Recycle Now website.

2. Find out where your local recycling facilities are, and see if you could start taking some things there when you’re out and about.

3. Stop taking new disposable carrier bags from shops.  Either reuse your own or buy some reusable shopping bags.  Disposable plastic carrier bags can have some devastating effects on the environment, effects that you can easily thwart by buying reusable bags.

4. Junk mail is a royal pain.  Not only that, but it’s a waste of paper.  Look for ways to stop junk mail from coming into your house.

5. Set up a recycling center in your own home with old boxes, crates or bags in a convenient place for you to store things.

6. If you have items in your home that you no longer want, instead of throwing them out you can try selling them on eBay.  If you have books you want to get rid of, try a local bookstore, library or Amazon.com.

7. Carefully open, store and reuse any envelopes or packaging that comes into your home.

8. Buy loose fruit and vegetables from the shop instead of items in bulk.

9.  Start a compost heap.  This will help you divert valuable food waste from the landfill while also getting some rich food for your soil to help your garden grow better.
10. Switch to paperless billing.  This will reduce your paper footprint, and could even help you save some money in the process.