How to reduce waste in your home and take care of the environment

The garbage problem is one of the greatest civilization challenges of our times. With growing environmental concerns, household waste management is becoming increasingly important – especially given subsequent laws and regulations. At the same time, by implementing simple but effective practices, we can significantly reduce our impact on the natural environment as well as avoid compliance problems. Here are some practical tips for managing waste effectively at home…

Segregate your waste: this is quite an obvious thing that has been regulated by law for a long time. Garbage is divided into secondary raw materials (plastic, paper, metal, glass), organic waste (food leftovers) and other – non-recyclable. At the same time, you should be aware of which waste falls into which category? For example, shopping bills printed on fiscal paper, greasy pizza boxes, or used tissues should never be placed in paper bins, but in other bins. The same applies to selected food leftovers – bones should not be placed in organic waste, but in other waste.


Repair things instead of throwing them away: Consider repairing broken items or devices. This not only reduces waste, but also saves money and resources. Contrary to appearances, many things can be repaired relatively easily and cheaply – buying more and more new things significantly increases pollution.

Use electronic media instead of paper: choose electronic formats instead of paper to reduce paper consumption – e-books instead of books, online portals instead of newspapers. Think twice, does a given document/email actually need to be printed on a home or business printer?

Don’t buy disposable batteries: If you can, choose rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones to reduce the amount of batteries used. They are very problematic to dispose of and should be collected completely separately – not mixed with other waste.

Create a composter: If you can, create a composting area to turn organic waste into fertile compost for plants. This applies mostly to residents of single-family houses, but even in apartment buildings with common areas, the neighborhood community may consider launching a common composter. In this case, it is worth using home compost as a natural and ecological alternative to chemical fertilizers, improving the health of the soil and plants we grow.

Avoid bottled water: use reusable water bottles and use tap or filtered water instead of buying bottled water. Also use reusable containers and shopping bags to reduce the use of single-use packaging.

Plan your meals: Plan your meals in advance to minimize food waste and avoid over-purchasing groceries.

Avoid plastic packaging: choose products with eco-friendly packaging to reduce plastic waste. Look for packaging made of bioplastics that can be composted in composters.


Donate old items: If you no longer use clothes that seem old, outdated or you’re just plain bored, donate them to local charities or second-hand stores instead of throwing them away.

Don’t use disposable plates and cutlery: choose reusable cutlery, plates and cups. Reduce waste production – practice conscious consumption and try to reduce the amount of waste produced in your home.

Use natural detergents instead of conventional chemical ones: choose eco-friendly cleaning products with natural ingredients to reduce chemical pollution.

By implementing these tips and solutions, everyone can play a vital role in reducing waste and promoting sustainability both in their home and in their local community. Conscious choices about consumption, disposal and recycling can have a significant impact on the health of our planet for generations to come.


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