Recycling from your phone
'Have you googled it?' and 'you can get them online' have become standard problem-solving phrases for almost any daily conundrum. From shopping to how-to guides and finding the nearest coffee cup, we turn to our phones for answers daily, if not hourly. At ReGen, we've always embraced high-tech solutions, and the proof can is found in our modern recycling methods and diversity of work. It's no surprise to us that your phone could help you become a greener citizen.
If you aren't already using digital tools to improve your recycling habits, these apps and sites may help.
Widely Informative - RecycleNow.com
Recycle Now are a great source of information for domestic recycling. As well as guides on what can and can't be recycled, they also explain the process behind recycling and the benefits. Online they have helpful tools to help you find your nearest recycling facility. Armed with the right knowledge, Recycle Now will reduce how much waste you send to local landfill sites.
At ReGen, we serve both local councils and clients from further afield. Using 125 collection vehicles, we help companies from the UK & Ireland better manage their waste output.
Local Advice - Bin-Ovation, @Home & Binformation
Changes to the local waste collection can disrupt domestic life, adding unnecessary trips to the dump to an already packed weekend. Stay abreast of changes by downloading local council apps where possible. Apps like Bin-Ovation, active in Belfast, Armagh Banbridge Craigavon and Fermanagh Omagh District Councils can notify you to changes in collection times and dates.
Free-to-download recycling apps provide live info and ensure you are making the most of your council services. For a list of the available apps in Northern Ireland, visit MyNI.com.
Fashion Coupons - Millenial Recycling
At ReGen, we've previously explored the effects of the textile industry on the environment, and honestly, it doesn't make for good reading. Thankfully, some positive attitude changes in recent times are bringing more of the Instagram generation onside. The terminology of 'vintage and previously loved' is encouraging more people to gravitate towards second-hand clothes. This is a massively positive trend for the environment, given the vast carbon footprint of the fashion industry.
The launch of the reGain App has gone a step further and incentivised recycling. App users can send off their used fashions and receive vouchers for a range of clothing brands. As well as reducing fabric waste, the app is encouraging positive attitudes to voluntary recycling.
Get what you need
As well as getting rid of what you don't need from your home, some apps can help you get what you do need for free. Freecycle is one such online exchange allowing people to get furniture, tech products and just about anything without visiting shops. Reducing manufacturing has a positive impact on the environment, once again, we also see less waste sent to landfill.
As Freecycle works on a local basis, there's no need for the products to endure carbon-heavy journeys from overseas.
Why are these tools matter to ReGen?
We understand that when recycling is made accessible, easy and even rewarding more people take part. Our aims aren't to continue recycling like some companies; instead, we want to improve both the process and outcomes. To support these aims, we devote 10% of our annual turnover to Research and Development to cement our position as one of Europe's leading waste management companies.