It’s no secret that recycling can do wonders for the environment and keeping our planet green. Recycling is one of the easiest ways we can help the world we live in, so to anyone looking to up their recycling skills and make it a more integral part of their lives, we’ve put together our top 10 ways to recycle.
With the recent cost of plastic bags being fixated at five pence, you might have noticed that plastic bags are being recycled more! Even still, plastic shopping bags are being used once and then thrown away, though they can be reused time and time again, or as a rubbish bag. Plastic bags are also extremely hard to get rid of once they are thrown away, as they are made of a strong, long lasting material- which is all the more reason to use them again!
Buying products that have already been recycled helps to eliminate waste and keep the movement of materials through the system. Supporting items that have been recycled means we are feeding the loop, and now recycled products such as paper to chairs are readily available. Look out for the difference between recycled and recyclable, too.
Making recyclable bins readily available and at access to you and everyone around you will ensure recycling is more encouraged. Few people will go out of their way to recycle, but if an easily identifiable recycling bin is placed next to a rubbish bin, people will be more likely to take care of where they’re putting their recyclable products. Convenience is often the only factor that people need to make a difference.
Go green with your batteries and purchase ones that are rechargeable. Normal batteries are extremely bad for the environment due to them being filled with nasty, toxic materials that are non-recyclable and take years to break down. You can also look into disposing your old batteries via supermarkets and companies that take them and ensure they are disposed of safely.
Starting up a compost in your home is a great way to help the environment. This is because all biodegradable food waste (food that can decompose via bacteria or other living organisms) for example egg shells and fruit skins, can turn into a great soil that can then be used for planting. Biodegradable substances avoid pollution and thus, help the environment tremendously.
Thousands upon thousands of disposable coffee cups get thrown away every day. If you’re out and about, why not look for recyclable bins or keep hold of your cups until you get home? Better yet, purchasing a mug that you can reuse everyday will not only help to potentially save you some money, but it will also help to avoid unnecessary waste in our environment.
Recycling electronics is becoming more and more common. Instead of throwing your electronics straight into a bin, why not recycle them? You can find local areas to recycle your unwanted electronics here, where you can recycle everything from mobile phones to drills and kettles! Recycled electronics means newer products can be made, as well as saving energy and reducing pollution and greenhouse gases.
When you’re shopping, why not try buying in bulk rather than the same items time and time again? This will not only save you a lot of money in the long run, but also reduce waste. The packaging of products makes up for around 50% of rubbish, so going for products with little packaging or more products inside will really help to cut down and save on energy.
Ensure you’re aware of what you can and cannot recycle, so you’re not putting anything in that can’t be processed. The great thing about a lot of products nowadays is that the green recycling logo is visible on everything that can be recycled, helping make the process easier for everyone! It’s still a good idea to do some of your own research to ensure you’re fully aware of the recycling steps taken by your town or city.
If you’re on a journey of helping the environment and are only just learning to recycle, firstly, well done to you. Ensuring you follow our tips will mean you are helping the environment one step at a time. If you try to recycle something every single day, whether it’s scrap paper or food packaging, every little helps.
If you’d like more information on recycling, or you’re looking to dispose of a large amount of waste and aren’t sure how to recycle in the best way, why not get in touch with a member of the Skip It team today- we’ll be happy to help! For more information, visit our contact page or give us a call on 01273 418648.