Once upon a time, the word ‘recycling’ may have meant nothing more to you than riding your bike down the same path over and over again.
In 2012, recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. And not before time, too.
Basically the earth has limited resources and if we keep consuming them at the rate we are then very quickly there won’t be any left. Recycling means that instead of wasting the materials we throw away to become part of a landfill - or worse incinerated and turned into toxic gases - we can reuse them and put less strain on the earth’s resources.
From recycling more of everyday items like glass and plastic bottles to reusing carrier bags or composting at home, there are lots of opportunities for us to clean up our act.
Every year UK households produce millions of tonnes of waste of which only a relatively small percentage is collected for recycling. The figure is quite low compared to some of our neighbouring EU countries, some of whom recycle more than 50% of their waste.
When you break the figures down some interesting facts and some startling details start to emerge:
Making a note on your calendar or fridge will provide a visual reminder of the day/dates your recycling is collected. Nine out of ten UK residents now have access to a doorstep recycling collection.
Keep it simple
Keep your recycling bin next to your main bin so you can take your rubbish and recycling out at the same time. If you don't already have a recycling box or bag you should contact your local council.
Whole house recycling
It's common for people to recycle in the kitchen but forget other rooms. Recycle the waste from all the bins in your house. For example, if your council accepts plastic bottles for recycling then all plastic bottles can go into your collection, including shampoo bottles.