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The 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) are part of the Waste Hierarchy. This is a list of how to get rid of waste, in order of importance, considering which is best for the planet. Reduce comes top, followed by Reuse then Recycle. Recover comes after that, with Landfill as the worst thing to do with our waste.


Reducing the amount of waste we make is considered the most important of the 3R'sReduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reducing means making less waste in the first place. For example not buying or using things we do not need.

The diagram below shows all the ways we can deal with waste, reducing being the best, landfill being the worst. Click on the green plus signs to read more about each one.

Examples of how you can help reduce waste:


For information on how you can reduce waste at your school, check out this 'How to Reduce at school' guide.

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