Wise on Waste team
Mar 24, 2017

How can we reduce our amount of waste?


Edited: Mar 30, 2017

How can we reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first place? Leave your comments below.

Apr 7, 2017

I was really hoping that a deposit on a bottle would come into force - a great incentive for people to return empties - even for charities to be involved in collection if the money is donated to them.

Kitty Powell
May 17, 2017

Food waste collection for mass composting with collection of gas

Easy route for getting rid of things that are OK but we don't want them any more eg at local tips an area where eg furniture can be left and people can take it, perhaps for charity donation or also upcoming. I see a lot of people chucking items that are still good, it's such a waste.

Talk to retailers and manufacturers about packaging waste

Drinking water fountains around the city and reusable water bottles

May 18, 2017

Ask the Universities to include information about recycling in information packs for each year group of students.


Give prizes for the least use of green bins.

Hugh Macknight
Oct 3, 2017

Lets start calling a spade a spade - the big dumpster bins are landfill bins (as opposed to recycling bins). We should refer to them as that. Landfill bins. Bad bins.

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  • ian.babelon
    Oct 18, 2017

    One could reduce waste by raising awareness about the value of producing less waste, as well as by showing how enjoyable an attractive, litter-free environment could be. Everyone needs to work together: employees, parents, children, community leaders, CEOs, teachers, engineers, artists, councillors, waste collectors and managers... 1. Reducing needs How much do we really need? Awareness about the consequences of our consumption choices needs to grow. Rethinking our needs could help us in reducing our waste, be it household waste or energy and other utilities. For example, why buy more food than we can eat just because an offer is on, or because we can afford it? The planned obsolescence of countless products does not help, our society needs to shift to making durable goods again. That means being more satisfied with what we already have, and valuing simplicity over consumerist behaviours. Going for quality rather than quantity need not cost the earth nor jam the economy. 2. Improving our streets and public spaces Many neighbourhoods in Newcastle are blighted with litter. There is no silver bullet to the issue, but making streets and shared spaces more attractive could encourage everyone to look after shared space, such as backyards, back alleys and public spaces. Attractive pocket parks, trees, fixtures, playgrounds and safe streets can all improve the quality of our neighbourhoods. 3. Food waste collection Many local councils around the world collect food waste separately, compost it, and sell or give away the compost back to residents.
  • Debbie Scott
    Jun 14, 2017

    I agree with others about composting, offer residents decent composte bins and helpful advise on how to use it to encourage them to be more green, grow flowers or veg, keeping their gardens nice at the same time.
  • marcinkrk81
    Jun 14, 2017

    1 -Bin on the street only on the day of the collection.   2 -more containers of litter, (Elswick needs). 3 - Applying penalties for throwing garbage to the ground. 4 -World Day Earth to introduce at school 1 to 2h cleaning garbage (papers, etc.) by children around the school after an early agreement by parents. 5-The company that cuts the grass should report the trash and not just ride around. 6 - More people cleaning and collecting rubbish on their feet. 7 - On cleaning of particularly dirty streets introduce a ban on parking on one side of the street but it should be refined.