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Recycling tips for households - Blog

Recycling Shopping Tips

  • Buy a reusable shopping bag or reuse old plastic bags when going shopping.
  • Make a list of what you need when going shopping so you do not impulse buy. This saves money and cuts down on packaging waste.
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged ones in plastic trays and wrapped in plastic, this will cut down on the packaging waste.
  • Buy in bulk if you can, to cut down on the packaging. Buying one big bottle of washing-up liquid will use less packaging than two small bottles.
  • Don’t buy disposable products, like razors, face wipes, plastic cutlery, paper plates, disposable cameras, single-use barbecues and kitchen paper towels, use cloths you can wash instead, razors that you can buy new blades for, plates and cutlery that can be washed and reused.
  • Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. Not only is this good for the environment, it is also cheaper than buying a new cartridge. www.cartridgeworld.co.uk 
  • If you have a baby then consider buying reusable nappies instead of disposable ones. These are now available in high street stores, and even if you only use them just some of the time it will make a real difference to the amount of waste your family produces. Around 50 per cent of the waste generated by a household with a baby is made up of nappies!

Top ten recycling/environmental tips

10.) If you have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, they can reuse all sorts of materials in their school activities, for example loo rolls, cardboard boxes, egg boxes and plastic bottles.

9.) Fed up with junk mail coming through your door? Then sign up to the Mailing Preference Service. This service removes your name from the mailing list of companies who send out direct mail. Within a few months you will notice the reduction in the amount of mail landing on your doormat.

8.) If you buy magazines, give them to friends or donate them to doctors' surgeries or dentists once you’ve read them.

7.) If you have good quality tools that you no longer need, see if they are on the list of tools that the charity Tools for Self Reliance will accept for reuse in poor communities in Africa. www.tfsr.org

6.) Don't leave your appliances on standby. Use a smart meter. They measure your energy consumption, and are a great way of keeping track of how much energy you're using. When you can actually see how much carbon you're wasting every time you switch on the TV or make a cup of coffee, it will make you think twice.

5.) Find out if the freecycle organisation has a group in your area, to find a new home for your unwanted items. Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them, and so keeping usable items out of landfills. http://www.uk.freecycle.org/

4.) If you are moving house, or having a spring clean, and have a lot of things to clear out, consider having a stall at a car boot sale. To find your nearest car boot sale, visit www.carbootjunction.com

3.) Buy Energy-Efficient Products. Look out for this logo when buying electrical products.

Recycling tips for households





2.) Buy a compost bin. 58% of household waste is sent to landfill where it breaks down anaerobically and emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more harmful than CO2. If you live on an estate or a block of flats with access to a communal garden, why not get together with your neighbours and introduce home composting for everyone. You can compost food waste even if you don’t have a garden, as many local councils run food waste collection scheme. These can take things like tea bags, vegetable and fruit peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, and in some cases cooked meat or fish.

1.) Buying products that have a recycled content is just as important as actually recycling. It is essential that markets for recycled products are developed, and buying recycled products helps to complete the market loop for recycled materials.

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