Happy September, and happy Zero Waste Week! In the world of recycling, ‘zero waste’ is the ultimate target. But what does it mean?
Well, when we achieve zero waste that will mean that nothing is being sent to landfill. Everything that can be recycled, reused or repaired will be. Any waste that cannot be recycled will either be turned into power or fuel.
We know this is possible in Aberdeen and we are working to put new infrastructure and services in place to make this a reality. It’s a big job but we’ll get there, and the Aberdeen City Waste Strategy explains in more detail how we plan to do that. In order to achieve zero waste in Aberdeen, we’ll need everyone in the city to help get us there.
And that’s where Zero Waste Week comes in. Their aim is to get people thinking about what they can do to reduce the amount of waste that they and their household send to landfill. The theme of Zero Waste Week is ‘one more thing’ and the organisers are asking you to consider the one thing you could do to reduce your waste. For example:
- Swap a disposable item (like a plastic bag) for a reusable one.
- Donate unwanted clothes, toys and household items to charity.
- Recycle something extra. If you don’t already recycle food, textiles or electrical items, check out the options available to do this in Aberdeen.
- Repair an item that’s worn or broken instead of throwing it away or buying a new one. If you don’t know where to start, have a look at Love Your Clothes or The Restart Project for tips.
Those are our suggestions, but what would work for you? Have a wee think, and if you need more inspiration, check out Zero Waste Week on Facebook and Pinterest or have a look to see what Zero Heroes all over the country have pledged to do already.
And once you’ve decided what your one thing will be, we’d love to know what it is and how you get on!