Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in Dundee
Each household produces 1 tonne of waste, most of which ends up in landfill or incinerated in Scotland. Not only is this a waste of resources and materials, but it contributes to climate change and pollution and is a huge cost to the economy.
The Council currently recycles 40% of household waste and with new city-wide standards for waste and recycling collections this figure is set to rise.
The Climate Action Plan addresses how waste is to be tackled city-wide in Dundee.
Every year 380,000 tonnes of food and drink are thrown away which didn’t have to be – this costs the Scottish public over £1bn every year. Much of this food waste is avoidable. Love Food Hate Waste has lots of ideas about how to reduce your food waste.
Plastic is another common avoidable waste product. Say no to straws, use reusable bags and water bottles and bamboo toothbrushes that can be composted and choose products with less packaging wherever possible.
You can also use the Mail Preference Service to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
Consider buying second hand clothes, books and household items. Dundee has great choice of charity shops.
Instead of disposing of unwanted appliances, bikes and sofa’s, you could donate them to the Baldovie Community Reuse Hub where they will be repaired and refurbished to be reused by someone else.
When items cannot be reused, then recycling is the next best option so make sure you use your recycling bins correctly.
The Council is also trialling SMART waste sensors, compaction and smart phone technologies on bins to monitor fullness, therefore reducing journeys for emptying and associated carbon emissions.
Dundee City Council uses the WARPit (Waste Action Reuse Portal), which allows surplus resources from one service area or building to be reused by another.