Did you know?
- One drink can when recycled could save enough energy to power a TV for four hours!
- Plastic bottles can be recycled not only into new bottles but also into t-shirts and fleeces?
- If you recycle two glass sauce jars when making a lasagna, this saves enough energy to bake the lasagna!
- It takes 65 billion litres of water to grow the potatoes we waste at home every year.
- Every day in the UK, 920,000 bananas are wasted.
Recycling is great but we should always aim to reduce and reuse as a priority. Before recycling, see if you can re-purpose something, perhaps you can upcycle that item?
With different councils having conflicting rules about recycling, it’s easy to get confused and put the wrong item in the recycling bin which could mean that less products will be recycled due to contamination, so ensuring you recycle correctly is key.
In celebration of Global Recycling Day, our Sustainability Manager Alex Ghinea shares her top tips to recycling correctly:
- Know your area – here’s a useful link to find out what your local council can recycle. Knowing what you can and can’t recycle where you live will make the process a lot easier!
- Check the label – Recycling signage can be confusing so ensure that whatever you’re putting in your kerbside recycling bin is widely recyclable. This packaging symbol’s page explains the most commonly used recyclable symbols so it’s easy to understand.
- Rinse food packaging – Once you’re confident you can recycle that material, make sure you give it a good rinse and let it dry before disposing of it in the recycling bin.
- Put a lid on it – Leave metal lids on glass jars or bottles and place them in your kerbside glass bin.
- Check your local supermarket – Certain materials cannot be recycled through your kerbside bin, however there are other options: for example, check to see if you can dispose correctly of batteries through your local supermarket. Some supermarkets also accept carrier bags if you’ve got too many in your cupboards!
- Terracycle – From crisp packets, pens and coffee capsules, to plastic gloves and kitchen utensils, Terracycle can collect and reuse a range of materials. Check where your nearest collection point is and what you can recycle – you’ll be amazed!
Here’s five top tips to reusing items in your kitchens:
- Too many jars? Not a problem, you can easily turn these into tea light holders, pencil holders for children or makeup brushes holder – you can paint and decorate these as you like.
- Turn your water bottles into self-watering planters or bird feeders.
- Organise your fridge with produce containers – hard plastic containers such as the ones your mushrooms are delivered in, could be used to better organize your loose items in the fridge.
- Don’t throw away your plastic ice cream tubs – you can turn them into storing containers for your leftovers.
- Home composting is a great way to avoid food waste ending up in landfill, and you can use the compost in your garden – it’s a win win!
Help is at hand!
If you need a bit more guidance or want to know where to recycle something specific, visit https://www.recyclenow.com/ for more info.