10 tips to help recycling
At home, most of us know we could be greener than we currently are. Despite adjusting to new recycling habits, there is still a gap between our green aspirations and reality. At ReGen we began by only recycling dry goods in 2004, now, we export recycled materials to 27 countries and have a fleet of 160 trailers. We don't expect you to finish the year running a high-tech recycling plant, but we do have some tips on how to Go Green in 2018.
Assigning recycling roles to each person in the home, be they family or flatmate, can help make sure the recycling chores are evenly distributed.
If everyone at home is tasked with looking after one area of recycling you can expect more success. Consider what recyclables you have and make sure everyone is pulling their weight by assigning different materials to different people.
2. Times and Dates
Plan and be on the ball.
Missing bin collections is a sure-fire way to muddle up your recycling. Know which bin is going out and when, and ensure that the night before you empty bins in the home disposing of any stored recyclables. It's also worth knowing what hours local recycling facilities are open.
3. Up to date
Firstly, list the recyclables in a green stock take and be aware of what can enjoy a new life. Recycling has advanced dramatically in the last few years, some materials which were destined for landfill can now be recycled.
Visit your local council's website and get informed on what can and cannot be recycled. Be sure to check advice of kerbside collections too.
4. Repeat shopping
Plan before going to the supermarket. How often do you come home and realise you have bought more of the same?
In the UK people bin £13bn of wasted food, but by thinking ahead you can lower the amount of waste in your home. Also, if you buy and bin the same product every week, should you continue buying it?
5. Use serving dishes.
When serving food, put it into a serving dish thus ensuring people only take what they want. This means less food ends in the waste, and instead you can wrap it and put it in the fridge or in Tupperware and use it for lunch at work. You will notice the waste decreasing and the food bill within a fortnight.
6. The banned list
Single-use plastic bags, disposable coffee cups and doubled packaging can all be banned from your home. All three of these can be avoided with reusable options. Durable bags or cotton bags and reusable cups are commonplace. It should not be hard to integrate them into your home life.
Birthday gifts do not need to be wrapped in single-use paper. It's 2018, and a lot of companies make recycled paper, or you could rewrap using the paper you've been gifted.
Consider the value of a shirt, jacket or pair of trousers. Now if your favourite piece of clothing has one tiny nick or problem, do not immediately think bin.
You could merely reattach a button yourself, or for a few pounds, it could be repaired by sewing shops in towns or that you find online. These stores can breathe new lives into your clothes and save you the expense of something new.
9. Out of home
If there is one material, usually paper, in your workplace that you overuse think of cutting back. If you can do it at home, surely you can encourage your workplace to match your efforts.
10. Green network
You will be genuinely amazed by how much green activity there is in your community. By telling others what you are doing, in person or online, you will get some great recommendations. You may find out about local events, learn new tips and meet new people by green networking.
Set an example and share your green work online!