9 Top Tips to Improve Your Recycling Practices

Recycling Practices

More than 100 million tonnes of waste is produced every year by the UK alone. An average household in the UK produces more than a tonne of waste every year. According to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the UK’s recycling rate for Waste from Households was 45.7% in 2017. Even though its a significant number, it is still lower than the neighbouring countries and can be improved.

Recycling is essential to preserve our environment, here are some top tips for recycling.

Reduce and Reuse

Before you toss anything in the garbage or put it aside for recycling, see if you can actually reuse it yourself or eliminate the need for that product all together. Even though recycling reduces the need to process and manufacture from raw materials, it still requires some level of processing.

You can easily incorporate small lifestyle changes, which will help out significantly overtime. For instance, you can replace paper kitchen roll with a reusable cloth and substitute disposable bottles with refillable water bottles.

Separate and Multiple bins

You not only need separate bins for optimal recycling, but also separate bins in multiple locations. Even though the kitchen is the most common place for bins, you should have more in other places for convenience’s sake.

Recycle the greenery

Composting is one of the most effective recycling methods. You can easily assign a separate bin for food waste such as plant based-foods, dairy items and meat. If you have a composting pit or access to a community garden, you can do it yourself. Even if none of those options are feasible, there are curbside pick-up services available specifically for organic waste.

Recycle electronics

Unfortunately, unlike organic waste recycling electronic waste isn’t as easy. Nowadays, with the constant changes in technology, electronic devices such as cellphones are bound to be obsolete in a couple of years. This waste generation is inevitable.

One rule of thumb you should follow is to fix not replace. Get you cellphones or any other electronic devices repaired rather than purchasing a new one. If they’re beyond repair, you can still donate them to recycling companies or collectors & hobbyists.

Always rinse

Before you give away any plastic or food containers for recycling, always rise and wash them to keep down the foul odour. It will also prevent any rodents or pests from poking around in your bin.

Be aware

We usually associate recycling with paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. But with the growing innovation in recycling industry, more and more items are eligible to be recycled. From a junk car gathering dust in your garage, porcelain fixtures to running shoes, everything can be recycled.

The more you keep up with the evolving recycling practices, the better you will be at it.

Don’t just rely on services

Don’t just rely curbside pickup services and local authorities to take care of your recycling. You can incorporate recycling into your daily life by occasionally taking initiative to drop off your recyclable items to charities and recycling centres.

Support recycled goods

Not only recycling is important but so is supporting actual recycled goods. There are recycled options for everything from paper, clothes to furniture. These recycled goods are just as good as their conventional counterparts, if not better.

Get an app

We live in a world with applications to assist you with everything and anything. So why not take technology’s aid for improved recycling practices? There are several apps available that can help you with discovering nearby recycling centers, waste collection services or clever recycling ideas.

Hopefully, these tips will help you become better at recycling. To live a green lifestyle, it is important to take recycling seriously.

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I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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