Recycling at home isn’t always the easiest thing to do. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wondering whether something can be recycled or not. And even if it can, where am I going to store and organise all of this paper, plastic and glass? It can be a minefield but here are a few tips that should help make home recycling that little bit easier…
1. If you’re unsure – check online
If you’re wondering whether you can recycle an empty container and the packaging doesn’t make it clear, before you throw it into your general waste bin, check online!
There loads of great websites that offer advice on what can and can’t be recycled. This A-Z guide on recycling for example is really useful. As is the Wise up to Waste website. There are so many resources out there these days that there really isn’t any need to worry about what you can and can’t recycle.
2. Separate your recycling
Recycling can get messy and a little chaotic, I know it does in our house. We’ll have random piles of paper and cardboard and glass and bottles, all just sat on the side waiting to be taken out to the bins. And sometimes it ends up getting mixed up together and needs to be separated again before it can be put into the bins. It can feel like a constant battle.
An easy solution to this problem is to buy recycling boxes that you can store in your home, maybe in a cupboard somewhere out of the way. This will keep your recycling separated and hidden out of sight until you are ready to take it outside. Weirbags offer recycling boxes with internal dividers to help keep your recycling organised. Recycling box lids from Weirbags are also a great idea as they keep your recycling dry and stop it from blowing away when taken outside.
3. Flatten cardboard boxes and bottles
This sounds like a really obvious one but it’s something that many people don’t seem to do. We all have limited recycling space so we need to make sure we are getting the most of out that space by flattening our cardboard and also squeezing the air out of plastic bottles. This could mean that you’re able to fit an extra 10 plastic bottles in your bin.
4. Shop smart and reuse
The easiest way to reduce your waste is to shop smarter. Don’t buy things that you aren’t certain you will use. Also look for options that have less packaging, or at least packaging that can actually be recycled. And of course wherever you can, reuse. Jars, bottles, plastic bags etc can all be used multiple times before they need to be recycled.
5. Make the most of recycling centres
Most of us will have at least one recycling centre near us. Maybe it’s at the local supermarket that you pass each day. Not only is it a quick and easy way to get rid of some of your recycling but it’s also a great way to teach children about the importance of recycling and looking after our planet.
Do you have any more home recycling tips to add?
Thank you for reading.
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