Reducing and Recycling Household Waste

PUBLISHED: 08/08/2022

So, you have had a clear out and are facing a mountain of waste materials with no idea where to start! You don’t want to send it all to landfill but you have neither the time nor expertise. Where do you turn?

Fortunately, at The Waste Team, we offer a waste removal and clearance service whereby we effectively and efficiently sort through all your rubbish, separating all the recycling from the waste. As a result, we have managed to recycle 90% of all waste clearances.

How are we so successful? As a licensed and professional waste removal team, we have a few tips to help you reduce and recycle waste more efficiently.

Know What Can and Can’t Be Recycled

There is a list of common items which can be recycled by every household in the UK. This list includes paper, plastic bottles, pots, trays and tubes, glass and cardboard.

But that is not all! Materials such as florescent lights can ground down and used in the manufacturing of paint to be used on road surfaces.  Now you know what those sparkly bits are!

Recycling Effectively

The most efficient way to recycle is to separate items into categories. The following guidance usually applies:

  1. Cardboard and paper need to be clean and dry. It must not be contaminated by food and must be folded, with all sticky tape removed
  2. Glass must be rinsed of all residues including food and liquids, with the lids removed
  3. Plastic needs to be rinsed with each element separated

Please be aware, specific regulations differ between local authorities.

How to Reduce Waste


Most rubbish is produced from packaging manufactured by supermarkets, the majority of which can be recycled. Before throwing anything away make sure you segregate recyclable materials from the general waste.


Food often finds its way to landfill. According to Make Food Matter, “At least one-third of all edible food produced across the world is never eaten”. The most simple way to reduce waste is to only buy what you need on a day-to-day basis. This lowers the probability of food going off and needing to be thrown away.

Tinned foods such as beans and pasta can be donated to food banks and distributed to those unable to provide for themselves. This also applies to that unopened jar of marmite at the back of your cupboard!


The biggest waste contributor is plastic. Always carry and reuse plastic carry bags; this will also save you from having to buy them. Big plastic containers and glass jars can also be reused; just ensure they are cleaned of all contaminants first.  

Contact Us
We are here to help you with all your waste clearance and waste disposal needs, from domestic waste removal to office clearances.

Give us a call. We would love to help remove your waste sustainably!


Call us for a FREE, no obligation quote on: 0113 5312 919