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As residents and ratepayers in Sea Point, Fresnaye, and Bantry Bay, we have a collective responsibility to maintain our neighborhoods and protect the environment. One effective way to contribute is by reducing the amount of waste we generate. Here are seven practical steps to help you shrink your trash and make our community a cleaner, greener place to live.

1. Reduce: Produce Less Waste from the Start

The most effective way to manage waste is to not create it in the first place. Be mindful of your purchases and opt for products that have minimal packaging. Choose quality over quantity to ensure longevity and durability, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

2. Reuse: Keep Items in Circulation

Before discarding items, think about how they can be reused. Repurpose containers for storage, donate clothes and household goods, and find new uses for items that might otherwise be thrown away. Reusing helps keep materials in circulation and reduces the demand for new resources.

3. Recycle: Sort and Support

Separate your recyclables—glass, plastic, tin, and paper—and ensure they are clean and sorted correctly. Participate in or initiate a local recycling scheme to make recycling more accessible in our community. Support products made from recycled materials to close the loop.

4. Compost Your Organic Waste

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce organic waste. Set up a compost bin for kitchen scraps and garden waste. The rich compost produced can be used to nourish your garden, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and keeping organic matter out of landfills.

5. Choose Package-Free or Low-Packaging Items

Whenever possible, seek out products that come with little or no packaging. Farmers’ markets and bulk food stores are excellent places to find such items. By opting for package-free options, you can significantly cut down on the amount of waste you generate.

6. Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is an efficient way to reduce packaging waste. Items such as grains, nuts, and cleaning supplies are often available in larger quantities, which minimizes the need for smaller, individually packaged products. Bring your own containers to further reduce waste.

7. Avoid Single-Use Food & Drink Containers and Utensils

Single-use items are a major contributor to waste. Choose reusable alternatives like metal straws, glass or stainless steel water bottles, and cloth shopping bags. By avoiding disposable products, you can make a substantial impact on reducing your overall trash.

By adopting these seven strategies, we can all play a part in minimizing waste and promoting sustainability in Sea Point, Fresnaye, and Bantry Bay. Together, let’s strive for a cleaner, more sustainable community.

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