Reducing waste

Reducing your waste is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. From thinking differently about what you buy, to using re-usable items - there are lots of ways to make a real difference.

Food waste

Avoiding throwing out food will save you money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Pre plan meals to avoid unnecessary buying
  • Always write a shopping list
  • Perfect portions - only cook what you need
  • Store and freeze leftovers
  • Use up leftovers

Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips and advice to help everyone waste less food.

Charity shops and furniture re-use

Before you dispose of items you no longer need, think about donating to a charity shop or furniture re-use organisation.
More information about furniture donation can be found on our Furniture re-use page.

Recycle carrier bags and reduce packaging

Some supermarkets will collect plastic carrier bags at their stores as a result of an agreement with the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Some may also accept clean plastic film packaging for recycling.

Please visit Recycle Now's website for further information.

If you wish to report an item with excessive packaging, confusing labelling or the failure to use recyclable materials please contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133 or e-mail

Reusable Bag for Life

By switching to a ‘Bag for Life’ you can prevent plastic bags ending up in landfill sites.

Here are a few handy hints to help you remember to use your bags:

  • take bags with you every time you go shopping
  • keep spare bags in your car or at work so you’re never without
  • let the check-out staff know you’ve brought your own before they pack for you - some shops offer rewards for bag reuse

Stop Unwanted Junk Mail

Reducing the amount of junk mail you receive reduces the amount of waste paper that has to be disposed of and recycled.

Here are some ways you can help to reduce your junk mail:

  • Join the Mail Preference Service to have your name removed from Direct Mailing lists
  • Reduce unaddressed junk mail by joining the Royal Mail Door to Door service. Further details can be found by contacting Royal Mail
  • Refuse leaflets and flyers. Display a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your door or mail box
  • Avoid joining mailing lists or leave mailing lists. When filling out forms or surveys, tick the box stating that you do not want to receive further information or offers