Improving Sustainability In Reading
All companies and councils should be aiming to increase the sustainability of materials and waste. This means we should be re-using items for as long as possible and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration.
The University of Reading proposed a new Waste and Resource Use Strategy to cover 2021 to 2030 which was approved in June 2021. This proposal covered the increase of responsible uses of resources and more sustainable waste management. We need to ensure that we are being efficient with all materials by recycling, re-using, and reducing the need for new ones.
Urgent action is necessary if we want to prevent the progression of climate change. We want to protect our environment as much as possible and ensure that all wildlife gets to live in a safe habitat. Businesses need to consider their role by ensuring that they choose sustainable options for their waste.
The UK government has stated that they want to achieve the following:
- Get rid of all avoidable plastic waste
- Double resource productivity by 2050
- End food waste in landfill by 2030
- Change reusable, recyclable, and compostable plastic packaging by 2025
There are many different actions you can do to make a positive change to our environment, some of these include:
- Reducing energy use
- Walk/cycle wherever possible
- Use public transport instead of cars or vans
- Insulate your house
- Don’t waste water
- Dry your washing inside or on outside
- Recycle as much as possible
- Re-use as many items as you can
Most of these actions are very simple and easy to do for all people, with combined efforts from the UK population we could make a big difference to our planet. Simple actions such as avoiding driving, carpooling, and walking wherever possible can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86% for each passenger. After the COVID-19 pandemic, including lockdowns, many companies provide the option for employees to work remotely to reduce commute times and save the planet one journey at a time.
Many households in the UK have a serious problem with wasting food, you can try logging all gone-off food that is thrown away throughout your week of eating. This can show you which items you can reduce or remove from your weekly shop. Along with this, you can freeze certain items or meals to ensure that they don’t get wasted. Batch cooking and freezing can be a great option for one or two-person households who don’t want to repeat the same meal multiple times a week.
Our government plans to achieve zero avoidable waste by the year 2050 as well as eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Climate change is caused by emissions polluting our atmosphere causing changes to weather patterns which in turn negatively affects our natural habitats and causes the rise of sea level. The actions that can stop or slow down this process need to begin as quickly as possible.
Joint efforts throughout the country could possibly prevent 0.6°C of warming by the year 2050. The warmer climates that will be achieved with climate change can present several issues including but not limited to heat-aggravated illnesses, decreased access to food/water, and increases in illnesses carried by mosquitoes, ticks, and other vectors.
Some articles and studies have suggested that unless we make these changes to reduce greenhouse gases by 2030 we will be seeing serious impacts on our world. To give our planet a fighting chance we all need to start changing our lifestyles and the way we manage our waste, transport, and resources right now.
At Reliable Skip Hire Reading, we know how important this is and we make sure that our customers always know that their waste will be disposed of in eco-friendly ways. We always recycle, reuse, and re-purpose every item possible and currently do this with up to 90% of every skip that we collect. Find your quotes here with just a postcode and complete your order within minutes.