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There are simple things we can all do to cut down on our waste, like buying only the food we need, reducing our plastic usage, saying no to junk mail, and reusing household items and furniture.
The following are some examples of bulky waste:
We've teamed up Get Composting again to bring you a great deal on compost bins. This year a 220 litre bin will cost you just £5 and a 330 litre bin will cost £7, which is a massive saving.Call 0844 571 4444 or order a compost bin online.
Pass it on! Give your unwanted items a new home.
There is always somebody out there who could benefit from your unwanted clothes and other textiles. Instead of just throwing them away, you could donate your items to local charities or groups. Some will even collect for free.
Below is a list of local charity shops operating in Luton, together with locations and contact telephone numbers. If you are a charity and wish to be added to this list, please contact us on 01582 510333.
For more information about donating to charity visit Recycle Now.
Keech is a local charity with many shops in and around Luton. Find your nearest Keech charity shop.
Noah offers hope and support to those suffering from homelessness and exclusion. Find out more about Noah Enterprises.
The trust is inspired by the Islamic teachings of empathy, generosity and selflessness. Find out more about the Ummah Welfare Trust.
257 Birdsfoot Lane
T: 01582 572030
Junk mail is considered to be anything that comes through your letter box that you didn't ask for such as:
Although, junk mail can be recycled it does cause an impact both economically and environmentally. There are a number of ways for you to take action and stop getting junk mail. You can:
Over a third of the town’s general rubbish is wasted food and to try to reduce this we’ll be trialling a food waste collection in two areas in the town.
For more information please click on the button below.
Did you know in the UK £10.2 billion or seven million tonnes of food is thrown out by householders every year? £1 billion of this food is still ‘in date’ and perfectly edible.
Each household throws out an average of £480 worth of food a year. This rises to £680 for a family with children, equivalent to £50 each month or £15,000 to 24,000 over a lifetime. The figures soon add up, and that is a lot of money to be ‘throwing away’!
So, how much are we talking about?
In Luton more than 30 per cent of the rubbish in our black bins is these types of food waste. Often, throwing away this waste can be avoided, for example egg shells, potato peelings and tea bags can be home composted rather than thrown away.
We are producing a number of great recipes for you to download using leftovers to make simple, tasty meals. Please come back and visit this page throughout the year as we will be adding more super meal ideas for you and your family to try.Find recipes, hints and tips on reducing food waste
If you are an expectant or new parent you can apply for a ‘cash back’ sum of £40 against the purchase of real nappies, and covers from any company, or subscribe to a nappy laundering service subject to proof of purchase, ie till receipts.
The minimum spend on real nappies before qualification for the ‘cash back’ is £50.
For more information on the cash back scheme please contact our waste minimisation officer on 01582 546942 or fill in the real nappies claim form, available below, and send it in to us
What you may not be aware of is that the world has moved on from the old terries, pins and soaking days. Easy-care, shaped ‘real’ nappies in natural or fleece fabrics, breathable wraps, poppers and Velcro are now the norm.
Request our education pack and find a range of fun activities to complete in the classroom.
To receive an education pack please contact:
Waste and Resources Officer ( Education):
For quick exercises, we have fact and activity sheets covering ten topics from the basics of waste to waste electricals and electronic equipment.
Our waste education pack provides a comprehensive collection of information, teaching notes and activity sheets to cover multiple areas of the key stage 1 and 2 of national curriculum.
Single use plastics has a damaging effect on our environment, some plastics such as plastic bags can take a 1000 years to break down! It is important that unnecessary plastic production is reduced, increase reuse, and improve recycling.