The first most important element is to reduce this waste and its detrimental effects on the environment.
Here are a few tips to reduce your waste:
Reduce the amount of paper mail you receive. Most phone companies, banks, credit card companies and utilities can be received via email instead of being sent to your home.
Try to avoid buying individually wrapped items and instead try and buy items in bulk to save you money and waste less packaging. However, look out for double-packaging. Some bulk items contain items individually wrapped again inside.
Think carefully before you buy items. Do you need this item? How much of it do you need and will it last long? How is it packaged?