Setting Recycling Goals In Your Home
In 2018, multiple companies and governments alike have set recycling goals in an effort to reduce how much waste is sent to landfill. Princes, one of the UK’s largest producers of plastic bottles have pledged to recycle over 50% of their bottles in just four months. The government itself has set a target of recycling 65% of Urban waste by 2035, but how can you commit to better recycling in your own home?
Divide the work
At home, it’s normal to share out the chores amongst the family, so take the same approach to recycling. On average, families recycle 47% of their waste but there is no doubt this figure could be improved. If possible, assign roles based on materials or rooms to get the whole family involved in recycling. You may be surprised how much is recyclable and how you could be recycling more materials than you currently are. So, divide out the different areas of your home and begin taking action now.
Where to find recyclables at home
Each room in your house will have different materials that you should divide up and dispose of correctly. Take for instance your bathroom - there are an array of recyclable plastics which many people throw in their rubbish bins. Shampoo, body wash and even some toothpaste containers can all go in your recyclable waste container, usually a blue bin. You may need to remove labels but by and large you can save this type of waste from landfill. Aside from containers, toothbrushes, shower curtains and toilet roll tubes can all be made from recyclable materials, just be sure to check with your local council.
Your kitchen is also an area with great green potential; glass jars, non-greasy cardboard containers and even pots and pans are just some examples of salvageable materials. Certain papers and kitchen rolls can be recycled and some are already made from pre-used materials. If, as summer approaches, you begin using BBQ cutlery check the packaging to ensure you buy items that can be recycled.
While assigning roles and dividing up the recycling amongst family or flatmates may seem like a lot of work, it can be enjoyable. With your children, why not create some charts or system to measure how many bottles or jars you are recycling? Even use recyclable materials to measure your progress and add an element of enjoyment to your recycling.
Some centres will actively reward you for donating clothes and more recently plastics - see one great example here. When you reach targets or clear out your old wardrobes, treat those involved in your domestic recycling to ensure you keep up the good practices. Did you know that the UK has hundreds of cash-for-clobber schemes that reward individuals and schools for certain materials?
At ReGen Waste, we have processed in excess of 1.5m tonnes of waste and we are always trying to build on this figure. Our targets may be slightly above what the average family can produce, but we strive to inform and educate people on how their small changes can have a huge impact. Keep up to date with our work here.