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My local council is asking for submissions from residents about ways they can encourage people to reduce household waste. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, and I suspect our household waste is HUGE.<br>
I am attempting to make a submission with some suggestions and I would like to know if anyone on here has any other ideas? I understand that a lot of waste management is region-specific but thought I'd try anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
My current ideas include:<br>
- Stopping individually wrapped fruits and vegetables (cucumbers, lettuces, bunches of leeks etc.)<br>
-Stopping the display of fruits and vegetables on polystyrene trays that are then wrapped in cling film.<br>
- Branding a supermarket as an 'Eco friendly' supermarket that means consumers don't have to go between different shops in order to select products with less or no packaging.<br>
- extending bulk bin ranges in supermarkets and encouraging people to have reuseable containers or paper bags for the bulk bins.<br>
- labelling products with their carbon footprint so that people are aware of the impact they are having. (Maybe turn this into a rewards points scheme, so that people with low carbon foot prints can be rewarded somehow).<br>
-Standardise packaging for imported goods- no double packaging, clam shell wrapping etc.<br>
- No double packaging at all! (Why does toothpaste come in a tube and a cardboard box?).<br><br><br>
All help is appreciated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Using reusable bags for shopping and packing lunches.<br>
Composting and recycling.<br>
Using cloth towels, wipes, and cloth diapers.<br>
Bringing reusable containers to restaurants for takeout.
 

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I always keep any good quality containers, like hummus bowls/lids or spaghetti sauce jars, to use as storage instead of tupperware/glad/etc containers. They r just as good and I just can't see throwing them away. A lot of times, since I cook for my dad a lot, ill use those to pack his to go food in.
 
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