Waste minimisation is all about reducing the amount of waste that you have to throw out in the first place! There are lots of ways that you can reduce the amount of waste you have to throw away. From being careful about what you buy, to re-using what you can.
Try to avoid unecessary packaging on your food, buy fruit and veg loose, and don't accepting plastic carrier bags, take a re-usable bag, or a bag for life instead.
Get your milk from the milkman - not only is it conveniently delivered to your door, you put your empty bottles back out and they are taken away and recycled, so no cartons, or bottles for you to dispose of.
Buy concentrate - more and more products are being made available in concentrated version that come in smaller containers, but still lasting as long as their larger alternatives. Less packaging will mean less waste for you to get rid of.
Avoid buying more food than you need. Buying '2 for £5' may sound like a good deal, but if you throw one away at the end of the week when its out of date, it's cheaper and less wasteful just to buy one! There is more advice on avoiding food waste on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
Just because you don't need something anymore doesn't mean its waste!
For good quality larger items, like furniture check out Freecycle, someone might be willing to take it off your hands, or try Ebay to see if anyone can make use of stuff that you can't. You might even make some money!
For more top tips on how to reduce waste, visit the Recycle Now website
Composting organic waste at home can reduce what you put out for collection by up to 30%.
About 3% of household waste is made up of disposable nappies - have you considered the modern alternatives? For more information go to http://www.goreal.org.uk.
Household Waste Recycling Centres
The new Recycling Centre at Stirling Way, Witchford can take a variety of items, details of which can be found here http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment/recycling/centres/wastesaccepted.htm
The site is open from 9am to 6pm everyday except Wednesday when it is open until 7pm.
For residents who live closer to Newmarket the site previously run by Suffolk County Council at Depot Road, Newmarket is now operated by the charity Open Door, recyclable items can still be taken to the site free of charge, however some items are charged for as they receive no subsidy from the council http://www.newmarketopendoor.org.uk/recycling-centre