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Are you recycling properly?

POSTED ON 10 JULY 2017

You may already recycle, but could you do more for the environment?

Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of waste which could be recycled that still ends up in landfill sites, causing harm to the environment. Not only does recycling help reduce the need for more landfill sites but it also helps to save energy, is good for the economy creating less pollution, and it helps our climate problems by reducing the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas omissions.

The amount of rubbish sent to recycling plants by householders had been increasing for more than a decade, but government figures show it has now flatlined in the past three years with it dropping from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2015.

Every household has the option to recycle, either with recycling boxes, bins or bags that are provided by the local council. Collection days are different depending on the area you live in; if you’re not sure, then request a recycling calendar from your council.

Top tips on making recycling easier
1. Keeping an indoor recycling bin next to your main bin will make it more convenient for you when removing rubbish. Label the bins with what can and can’t be recycled in your bin to give you a reminder to recycle the correct materials.
2. Some things should be washed before you recycle them, such as glass jars, trays and bottles. Use your old washing up water to give them a quick rinse.
3. Check to see what recycling facilities your local supermarket offers: this could be battery and light bulb points, clothing banks and even glass bottle banks.

Where does my waste go?
Your food waste is turned into biogas fuel, which can be used to produce heat, electricity or transport fuels and it can be used as a natural fertiliser in farming. Garden waste is taken to a local facility where it is treated and turned into compost which can be used on local farms and as a soil improver. Your dry recycling is separated, cleaned and re-processed so that it can be used to make new products. Some people may have separate cardboard and paper boxes.

And what should I be recycling?
Food waste
(remember to line your kitchen caddy with a compostable liner)
• bakery goods
• dairy products
• tea and coffee
• peelings, egg shells, bones
• rice and pasta
• fish and meat
• NO plastic bags
• NO packaging
• NO oil or liquid fat
• NO kitchen roll

Garden waste
•grass cuttings
•leaves
•hedge trimmings
• small branches or bark (no branches more than 30cm diameter)
• weeds
• NO flower pots or trays
• NO grit or stones
• NO soil
• NO animal bedding
•NO food

Recycling bins
• aerosols
• aluminium foils
• cans and tins
• cardboard
• cartons
• glass
• lids (plastic and metal)
• paper
• plastic bottles, pot tubs and trays

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