Recycling is important. Everyone is aware of the benefits: reducing landfill, saving energy, and preventing pollution are just some of the important reasons why to do it. But how?
Well, to be as effective as possible with your recycling endeavours, here are some top tips!
Have a System
Getting a system in place will make recycling easier – and more instinctive. Set up the right recycling bins in convenient locations and make sure you understand what you can or can’t recycle.
It is worthwhile printing out your local councils’ list of Dos & Don’ts for their recycling service, so you are sure you are getting it right. You can also find local recycling centres here.
Create a Routine
It is likely that your main recycling will be picked up on certain days, so print out the collection dates and stick them on the fridge – or other visible location – so you are reminded of when to take it out.
Include recycling into your routine; perhaps someone takes the recycling bin out on their walk to school, or empty glasses are taken to your local centre on your regular trip to the supermarket. Whatever works for you!
Don’t waste in the first place
Of course, the key to being sustainable is to minimise your waste in the first instance.
Act more sustainably: shop with re-fillable containers (many supermarkets have incorporated refill systems or use a local reuse shop); take your own shopping bags and always make a list of items you need so you don’t buy duplicates.
This extends to all areas of your life. Try shopping at charity shops or checking out re-sale sites like freecycle or Facebook Marketplace to give furniture a new lease of life. You can also use a storage unit, so you can preserve items you are currently not using, but will need again at another point in your life. To find out more visit Shurgard.co.uk
The smaller you make the items, the more you can fit into your recycling bin! And that means less trips to the recycling centre.
Compost at home
Many homes have a food waste bin, but you can also compost items that wouldn’t normally go in a food caddy.
Raw fruit and veg, coffee granules, tea bags and eggshells don’t need to be thrown away – they are perfect for your garden, so make your own compost. You can buy a cheap compost bin or create a compost heap if you have the space.
Grass, and paper/cardboard can also be added to compost heaps too!
What are your top tips for recycling at home?