Eco-citizenship

To help preserve the natural balance, Orne Council encourages everyone in the Orne to get involved and adopt some simple everyday gestures:

Saving water

  • Only water the garden in the evening, when there is less evaporation
  • During dry periods, reduce unnecessary water consumption
  • Have a shower instead of a bath and save 150-225 litres of water
  • Fit a dual-control toilet flush to reduce water use by 15-30 litres per day
  • Look out for leaks: a hole in a water pipe can result in 25,000 litres’ extra water consumption per year
  • Wash your car at a car wash to save 200 litres of water and help prevent pollution of the water table

Reducing energy costs

  • Systematically turn off the television, video player, light or computer (rather than leaving them on stand-by) when you leave the room
  • Use low energy light bulbs (they use four to five times less energy than standard bulbs and last up to six times longer)
  • Get the exhaust pipe and filter checked on your car to help reduce pollution by 20% and fuel consumption by 10%L
  • Starting off at full speed means using 40% more fuel than if you set off a more leisurely pace
  • Use a trailer rather than a roof-rack to transport luggage (15% fuel savings at 120 kph)
  • Keep to the speed limits (one litre of fuel saved per 100km travelled).

Fight pollution and excessive household waste

  • Sort waste at home and at work. Recycling 1 ton of cardboard, 1 ton of plastic and 1 ton of aluminium will help to save 2.5 tons of wood, 700kg of crude oil and 2 tons of bauxite. If there is no collective waste sorting set-up where you live,  sort your waste and take it to the nearest waste reception centre!
  • Reduce your purchases of packaged or disposable (plates, razors) goods. Prefer recyclable materials and use a basket or reusable bag when doing your shopping.
  • Buy products in season.
  • Sort dangerous goods (leftover pain, solvents, waste oil, etc.) and take them to the waste reception centre
  • Take larger objects to the waste treatment centre (washing machines, televisions, mattresses, etc.)
  • Return unused or out-of-date medicines to the pharmacist’s
  • Make compost

In brief, how long waste takes to decompose

  • A paper handkerchief: 3 months
  • A newspaper: 3 to 12 months
  • A piece of chewing gum: 5 years
  • A tin can: 10 to 100 years
  • A plastic bottle and bag: 100 to 1000 years
  • A glass bottle: 4000 years