Many people still think of home recycling as simply being putting your empty beer bottles in different bins. That’s not quite the case any more. A vast majority of products can be recycled nowadays, but are we recycling them as much as we could?
Firstly, home recycling isn’t simply about waste. The phrase used by the government campaigns is recycle, reuse and reduce. This applies to many aspects of home recycling. Indeed, there are now schemes which allow builders to make homes entirely from recycled materials.
So, how can you ramp up your efforts as regards recycling? Let’s tackle reduce firstly. This includes washing out your recycling. Remember, this doesn’t need to be as clean as you would have your crockery. The reason for rising your recycling is to avoid large quantities of dried on food products. Don’t put them through the dishwasher, as this is a real waste of resources.
Similarly, there are levels of tolerable contamination. Grease in paper goods is difficult to deal with as are plastic lids on a plastic bottle, but metal in glass is easier to manage. This means binning greasy pizza lids and plastic caps.
Reuse in home recycling is hugely important, as it reduces the amount of waste we produce, and eases the burden on councils. Plastic bags are a really useful thing to have around the house, as are cardboard boxes. If you have a place to use it, you can compost up to 40 per cent of home recycling. Ask friends or relatives who have gardens, they will more than likely be very glad of good quality compost.