How Can I Use The Waste Hierarchy In My Household?
The waste hierarchy is often referred to by councils, waste management companies, and city planners as a step-by-step method to manage waste efficiently. So, as individuals, why should we care about the waste hierarchy? Well, it’s actually a fantastic guideline for anyone who produces waste (yes, we’re talking about you!). Forget all the industry jargon and focus on the six tiers of the hierarchy: Prevent, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair/Recover, and Dispose.
Think about the types of waste you produce in your household. It might be hard plastics (bottles, containers), soft plastics (packets, wrapping), glass jars, paper, food scraps, e-waste, and even hazardous waste, like pesticides. The waste hierarchy helps you dispose your waste — from the most preferred (eco-friendly), to least preferred (not-so-eco-friendly).