(减少使用-重复利用-循环使用)

(减少使用-重复利用-循环使用)

Reduce Reuse Recycle (减少使用重复利用循环使用)

Individuals, groups and organisations are all striving to achieve zero waste production in the backlash against the disposable society.

Drinks cans being recycled. The UK currently recycles 27% of household waste.

Zero waste movement

Pioneered in New Zealand ten years ago, Zero Waste is a radical but simple approach to litter. It means that nothing gets thrown away in the dustbin – we only use things we can reuse, recycle or compost. As well as reducing the damage that we do to our environment, it could also help save money.

Last year 6.2 million tonnes of food waste were sent to landfills in Britain. Landfill is the worst environmental option for waste produced in the UK as the methane it produces is a potent greenhouse gas – 21 times more potent than CO2.

Making bin men redundant

Retired teacher, Betsy Reid, from Suffolk is a zero waste campaigner. She has not had the bin men round for 5 weeks as there is rarely ever anything for them to collect.

What she can't reuse or recycle is rotted down into fertile compost for her flourishing garden. In the house she shares with husband, Colin, nothing is thrown away that could be used again.

Waxed inner liners from cereal packets are used to wrap sandwiches, an outgrown jumper became a dog bed, and she always cuts the tops off toothpaste tubes to get out every last squeeze.

"When I see a plastic mushroom container I nearly weep," says Mrs Reid. "What could I use it for?

I could use it for lots of things - like plant trays - but I have got enough. Plastic does break down but it doesn't turn back into anything useful for hundreds, possibly thousands of years."

Green Party supports this approach

The Green Party is, unsurprisingly, a keen advocate of zero waste but it's an approach starting to

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