What can we do?

The first thing to do is try not to produce the waste in the first place. However, it is impossible to stop producing waste altogether, so we must think of how we can reduce the amount we throw away. Then there is the option of trying to reuse some materials.

Some of the rubbish can be recycled into new products and whatever is left needs to be disposed of in the landfill site.

These options are known as the 'waste hierarchy' and are sometimes shown as a pyramid. At the top is reduce, followed by reuse, recycle and then landfill at the bottom.

At present, most of our rubbish is dealt with at the bottom and is sent to the landfill. It is our responsibility to change our own habits and attitudes so that we start at the top.

Find out about the 3 R's, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle