5 Simple Ways Your Family Can Reduce And Manage Waste Generation

People around the world have become increasingly aware of the environmental damage caused by heavy waste generation and incorrect garbage disposal. It may be due to the observable changes in climate and temperature that negatively impacted all regions across the globe. While many have started to make lifestyle changes in taking better care of the environment, there's more that needs to be done. 

There are a lot of factors contributing to waste generation, one of which is big corporations. They are widely recognized to greatly influence waste production on a global scale. The use of single-use plastic items and packaging are common among them, which are the main contributors to waste generation. Also, statistics show that a huge amount of waste comes from homes as discussed in the television show The ABC's War on Waste program. This was aired last 2017 to 2018.

Given this information, however, many households in Australia remain unaware of the current waste problem in the country. More so, they fail to notice how their daily choices could aggravate the situation at hand. If you’re running a household, you may be wondering what changes could reduce the amount of waste in your home.

Below are some of the simple yet impactful ways you can take part in limiting the garbage that comes from households.

1. Bring Reusable Bags When Shopping

Groceries usually pack items in paper or plastic bags which add to the garbage at home. However, this can be easily avoided when you bring reusable cloth bags when shopping. Make it a family practice to bring eco-bags or any reusable ones to groceries; maybe stock some on your bags or cars already. Using your shopping bags is eco-friendly and can be more convenient, especially when shopping in bulk. 

2. Choose Items With Less Packaging

Fresh products are often sold without plastic packaging. Thus, this may be an ideal option if you want to avoid having too much packaging in your trash. Yet if packaging can’t be avoided, you can select items packed in organic and biodegradable materials. These are materials you can still use to make compost. 

Additionally, you can consider buying commonly used items in bulk to avoid too much packaging. For instance, you can purchase baking staples, grains, and cleaning items in large amounts to lessen your garbage and save money at the same time.

3. Reuse and Recycle


Another way to reduce waste inside your home is to reuse and repurpose items. This way, you can avoid throwing useful items away while saving money. For instance, you can use old wooden crates as plant boxes, egg trays as paint cups, or seedling starters. Or, simply reuse food containers to organize your fridge. 

Many common household items can be easily recycled to become useful again. If you need new ideas on how you can recycle more effectively at home, try browsing through some online sources. Or, you can also ask for suggestions from your family. 

4. Create A Compost Bin

Households produce high amounts of food and other biodegradable waste which could be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly. These items decompose and emit methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas that negatively impacts the environment. 

To counter this, your family can create a compost bin where you can combine food waste with other biodegradable items. This could reduce the waste produced in your home and transform it into something useful for your plants or your garden. 

5. Donate Unused Items

Donate Unused Items

Many unused items in the household end up being thrown away, adding up to the pile of trash. However, some of these items may still be functional after cleaning or repair. They could even be items suitable for donation. To easily identify which items can be given away, collect unused items from your family members. Then, together you can categorize all items based on their function or where they can be donated. 


Most of the lifestyle changes that can be done at home not only address the problem with waste generation but may also be a way to save money and energy. This is why many households would greatly benefit from reducing waste generation. 

As most of these steps are simple and easy to do, it may also be useful to get younger children involved so you can teach them about the importance of protecting the environment early on. This is also an ideal way to get your whole family involved and let everyone develop new and improved waste management habits.  

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