June 29, 2012 07:51 ET

HomeServe Suggest Six Steps To Recycling And Reducing Waste In Your Home

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) -

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Did you know that 18 - 24 June 2012 was Recycle Now Week? The UK produces around 100 million tonnes of waste per year but there's lots of little changes you can make to cut down on waste. So take a look at our home hints and tips to help you recycle and minimise waste in your home. You could even save money!

  1. Recycle food peelings

A compost bin is a great way to make use of vegetable peelings and eggshells. If you have a small garden and no space for a compost bin, try whipping up the peelings up in a blender and mixing them into your soil - the plants will love it.

  1. Re-use old towels

Old, worn out towels make great rags for cleaning your car or kitchen floor. Take a standard dusting mop and tie the towel rinsed in floor cleaner around the base (use an elastic band to gather the towel ends around the bottom of the handle). Wash the rags along with your regular towels, then re-use.

  1. Don't waste food

Did you know that a typical UK household throws out about 120kg of food per year? If you have a freezer, there's no need! If you peel, chop and bag vegetables such as carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower and peppers they'll keep fresh in the freezer. Also, don't let bread go stale - freeze it and keep it fresh for longer.

  1. Save paper

Invest in a small dry whiteboard for your kitchen (these are widely available) and save paper when you want to write notes for your family or leave reminders for yourself.

  1. Recharge your batteries

Although battery chargers can be expensive to buy, they'll help to save you money in the long run. This is a great tip if you have children, as many modern toys use up batteries very quickly.

  1. Reduce plastic bottles

Instead of using lots of cleaning products around your home, why not make your own multi-purpose cleaner? All you need is baking soda, white vinegar and lemon juice. Baking soda and vinegar make a very powerful cleaner, while the lemon juice adds freshness. Also if you buy lots of bottled water, try investing in a water filter jug. This will reduce the amount of plastic bottles you throw away.

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