No longer producing waste would turn your life around. Purchasing behavior in particular will be overhauled. Not producing waste means to a large extent not buying plastic and paper. Now go to the supermarket again, hopeful to start this waste-free journey.
View your waste. That is the simplest way to get an overview of what you produce for waste. Many of your groceries have packaging that you throw away at home, orders that you place online come in cardboard boxes, cardboard and plastic drinking cups that you have collected on the way to work or home and so on. Next, look at the choices that you make to see how you can create as little waste as possible. So buy mainly unpackaged products, such as loose vegetables, but also loose blocks of soap. Don’t try to tackle everything at once, but do it one by one and see if you can keep it up. Make priorities of which areas of waste you want to tackle in order to keep it organized and above all fun.
By better separating waste, we can recycle valuable raw materials. Waste is then no longer waste, but raw material. Only a small part of the waste cannot be recycled and must be incinerated. All other waste is reuseable. Plastic, paper, glass, vegetable, fruit and garden waste, beverage cartons, textiles; you can keep it all separate from the residual waste. You then have a small amount of residual waste.
Recycling by your local government is also an important approach. A persistent fable is that it still comes together in one big heap. That is really not true. All waste streams that are collected separately are processed separately for recycling. Recycling is good for the environment and the municipality receives compensation for the recyclable flows of the waste processors, while linking waste costs a lot of money. All income and expenses are processed together in the waste tax. Separating waste ensures a cleaner world, but also lower costs for you.