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Reduce your waste <h2 class="sectHeading">Why we should reduce our waste </h2><p> Waste minimisation is a highly important component to building a sustainable city. Our landfills are quickly running out of space as we throw away more and more items. </p><p>Our goal, which is an important part of the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Integrated%20Waste%20Management%20By-law%202010.pdf" target="_blank">City’s Integrated Waste Management By-Law</a>, is to greatly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills by changing the way residents and businesses think about waste. Instead of throwing away all the waste we produce, we should start thinking about how to produce less waste in the first place, as well as what can be recycled, composted and reused.  </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Reduce, reuse, recycle </h2><p> Below are some useful tips to help reduce the amount of household waste generated and disposed.</p><p> <strong>Tips for reducing waste</strong></p><ul><li> Buy only what you need. </li><li> Buy in bulk and cut down on products with lots of packaging - refills and concentrates generally require less packaging. </li><li> Take your own bags to grocery stores. </li><li> Buy products that are made from recyclable or recycled materials. </li><li> Choose durable products that won’t need to be replaced often. </li><li> Avoid buying disposable products such as razors, cameras or paper cups and plates. </li><li> Get creative and DIY or make you own gifts and wrapping paper - consider non-material gifts such as a night-out or cooking a meal for someone. </li><li> Print and photocopy both sides of any paper you use. </li></ul><p> <strong>Tips for re-using items</strong></p><ul><li> Buy a re-fillable glass bottle ad re-use it for your water, instead of buying plastic bottled water. </li><li> Return glass bottles to manufacturers for a deposit. </li><li> Re-use plastic grocery bags - even better, use durable cloth bags when you go shopping. </li><li> Repair items instead of replacing them. </li><li> If you no longer want something, donate it to somebody who does. </li><li> Borrow or rent items you only use for a short time, such as kids’ carriers, car seats and prams. </li></ul><p> <strong>Information about recycling:</strong></p><ul><li>For more information about recycling, read our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/recycling-at-home/recycling-guide">recycling guide</a> page.</li><li>Details of <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Residential-utility-services/Residential-solid-waste-services/recycling-services">recycling services</a> are available for households and businesses.</li></ul> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Waste minimisation infographic</h2></span> <p>We created an infographic to illustrate why we should reduce, reuse and recycle. It also contains easy tips for reducing the amount of rubbish we throw away, reusing household items and what items are generally recyclable in Cape Town.</p><p>Read or download our infographic and share it with your household, colleagues or classroom.</p> <span> <div class="infographic bg-font-adjust-bg">​​​​​​​​​ <figure> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/Waste%20Minimisation%20-%20Thumbnail.jpg" /></figure> <figcaption> <p> <span class="infoGraphicSpan">INFOGRAPHIC<br>​​<strong>REDUCE YOUR WASTE</strong></span></p> <a title="reduce your waste infographic" class="btn dark-blue" href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Reduce%20your%20waste%20infographic.pdf" target="_blank"> <i class="icon download"></i>Download PDF</a> </figcaption> </div></span>GP0|#028f662f-61e1-4f79-b109-e1188090bdc3;L0|#0028f662f-61e1-4f79-b109-e1188090bdc3|Reduce your waste;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#49bc32d8-0c00-4f24-ab32-5836dfbc680a;GPP|#39d66b11-2134-4df5-8360-0bc5e66e8f4f;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#1966cad0-ce7e-44ed-9711-1913c0724a2d;L0|#01966cad0-ce7e-44ed-9711-1913c0724a2d|Reduce your waste;GPP|#d4956a09-99ad-4d97-9921-0cf7e06b961c;GPP|#a3964d56-b74d-4d64-95c1-ff381a88a277;GP0|#dfab4642-a5ed-4d86-b2f3-622084d7c056;L0|#0dfab4642-a5ed-4d86-b2f3-622084d7c056|Reduce your waste;GPP|#ae2787f7-3d59-4363-896c-e08d35e8787b;GPP|#99fac000-f3ac-4774-9ffd-e5e59a130e21;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;GP0|#25826a31-90ff-4a53-95db-b992b327b324;L0|#025826a31-90ff-4a53-95db-b992b327b324|Reduce your waste;GPP|#c9771818-d5cb-40d9-8f14-7215c6a3cdb6;GPP|#d6c1debf-2fe6-4caf-8748-a5126af00c53;GP0|#90316370-3d68-4c6d-8062-d1fe8cb7877c;L0|#090316370-3d68-4c6d-8062-d1fe8cb7877c|Reduce your waste;GPP|#298f5623-1943-427a-bf3d-e9ccff072bec;GPP|#4a553a67-2cba-4911-9745-a724e38b645a;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752The importance of reducing the amount of waste we throw away.  

 

 

Amended Integrated Waste Management By-law1409128GP0|#d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284;L0|#0d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284|By-law;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2d2209ac-5bcc-4d2a-9da9-05fb21c94ea1;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240;L0|#0ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240|By-law amendment2010-02-28T22:00:00Z
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Reduce Your Waste Infographic1571118GP0|#f10f836d-5770-43e9-a733-7b3eee03d477;L0|#0f10f836d-5770-43e9-a733-7b3eee03d477|Infographic;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#5340fe0b-73a7-472c-bef7-04e450fb5c4f;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6;L0|#0591e1d8b-7507-4dd3-8a9a-59b5cdd318c6|Poster2015-12-31T22:00:00Z

 

 

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