Unexpected things you'll find spring cleaning which you can actually recycle
Spring is here, which means brighter nights, better weather (in theory) and of course spring cleaning. Often when the cleaning is finished, the hard work is only beginning as the disposal challenge begins. The bags of rubbish pose a problem for those living with bi-weekly bin collections, but is there a green answer to this problem?
Your home may have a lot more recyclable material than you think, so cut your waste and think green. A trip to the local recycling centre could save a waste overspill and reduce waste volumes going to landfill. At ReGen we use intelligent recycling techniques to reduce waste to landfill, so here are our list of surprising recyclables you might find around the home.
Sometimes a spring clean can become a wardrobe purge, an opportunity to dig out clothes you no longer wear and free up space. These clothes may no longer be to your style, but they can serve someone else or be rejuvenated as something new. You may be surprised to know that even mixed materials can be recycled, including running shoes and waterproof coats. Other surprisingly recyclable textiles include tights, tablecloths and mats.
Old clothes can be recycled at kerbsides, through bag collections and donated to charity shops. Be sure to check with your local authority before putting anything in a recycling bins. Another top tip, is recycling old hangers. If your wardrobe is full of empty hangers, they could be doing more than collecting dust.
Your spring clean may mean getting into your home’s nooks and crannies and clearing out stuffed cupboards. If you’re going to clear the food cupboards, you’ll be greeted by more recyclables than you think. Old jars should be washed and prepared for recycling, the same for bottles and even corks can be recycled. Food tins and expired drinks cans are all recyclable and are cleverly divided onsite at ReGen.
Oils are also recyclable, but don’t be tempted to pour them down your sinks or grates. Disused cooking oils will only block up your pipes and continue to do damage as they move through sewers. Instead, collect oils in your kitchen and take them to your local centre. Aluminium foils are also 100% recyclable and yet people continue to bin the material constantly. Wash it with warm water to remove oil, then it’s good again.
The bathroom is tough to clean, but it is still full of little recycling gems. As well as being great for cleaning hard to reach places, toothbrushes are also recyclable. They join multiple other bathroom goods such as shampoo bottles and perfume containers. Some companies have even started selling recyclable razors to counter the disposable culture.
If your shower curtains have started to look less than brilliant white, they too can avoid a life at landfill. The waterproof material takes a long time to break down, so it will linger at landfill. Re-use it to cover weed beds in your garden or to cover outdoor furniture and protect it from the elements until the summer comes around again.
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At ReGen we will always help keep your recycling knowledge up to date and give great tips throughout the year. If your spring clean is getting tedious, why not take a break and read another of our blogs for green advice?