The amount of waste us Brits throw away is eye-watering and I wasn’t aware of how much household waste is created.
In March 2020, The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) produced a report which shows how much household waste is currently being produced in the UK each year.
- It is estimated that the UK generated 41.1 million tonnes of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in 2016, of which 33.1 million tonnes (around four-fifths) was generated in England. The latest estimates for England only indicate that C&I waste generation was around 36.1 million tonnes in 2017 and 37.2 million tonnes in 2018.
- The UK generated 221.0 million tonnes of total waste in 2016, with England responsible for 85% of the UK total.
221 million tonnes!
What does this household waste mean?
Let’s put that into context. I’ve got a Seat Leon car which weighs about 1.2 tonnes. That’s about 184 million Seat Leons. That’s a whole lot of household waste and it’s not sustainable at all!
We have become a throw away society. Things can be bought so cheaply now which means the quality isn’t high and certain products don’t last long anymore or they aren’t made to last.
I just want to add that I’m sure there are those who would love to have the money to buy good quality products that last longer but finances dictate your purchases.
In order to reduce what we throw away, we need to be smarter when buying products and looking at the packaging and the quality of the product. WE are the ones who spend the money and WE have a lot more power than we realise.
Companies will create and sell products based on demand, if the demand is dropping off, the product will eventually become obsolete.
The amount of packaging that comes with products is astonishing and it’s these choices we have to adapt.
I’ve been careful about what I buy so my bin isn’t overflowing every week. I’ve been actively reducing my household waste but that isn’t possible for everyone. So, I created a download to help you do just that.
I’ve written how how I’m trying to reduce my consumption you may want to check out
Make your own draught excluder with things you’ve already got at home
Here’s what I’ve come up with
Here’s my Household Waste Analysis. Each day has its own page covering 10 – 14 days (whichever you choose) and separated into four sections
- Composting/Food Waste
- Donating/Selling online
Plus, it’s an editable form so you don’t even have to print it off! Last thing I want to do is add to your household waste!
Oh yeah, and it’s FREE! Who doesn’t like a freebie?! Get yours here
Each day you can record what is in your rubbish and save the document. Once you get to the end of the 10 days (or 14 days), you will have a full analysis of what you are throwing away.
When you see it in black and white, it may shock you!
The last page will give you ideas on how you can reduce your waste.
If you’re ready to start reducing your household waste, get your free download
I genuinely believe we have a serious consumption issue that we can’t recycle our way out of.
Please do let me know how you get on 💚 💚 💚