Advice To Help You Start Recycling

by admin on December 21, 2013


So, you want to start recycling but are overwhelmed and are not sure really how or where to start. This article aims to give you all the advice that you need to begin your recycling adventure.

First of all, what can be recycled?

In theory just about anything can be recycled, with very few exceptions. Here is a list of the most widely recycled items that you are likely to have in your home or garden.

Garden And DIY: Building rubble, bricks and soil.

Glass: Milk, wine and juice bottles, jars, window, plate and sheet glass.

Paper Products: Yellow pages, wrapping paper, stamps, shredded paper, magazines, greeting cards, cardboard boxes and books.

Metals: Tin foil, food cans, drinks cans, aluminium foil and aerosols can all be recycled.

Other Cardboard And Paper Items: Tetra Paks, milk and juice cartons are recyclable.

Plastic Items: Carrier bags, household cleaner bottles, plastic detergent bottles, shampoo bottles and yoghurt pots are all recyclable.

Textile Goods: Sheets, blankets, quilts, curtains, clothes and shoes are all recyclable.

Chemical And Liquid Items: Pain and engine oil are both recyclable.

Electronic Goods And Items: Household and car batteries, computer monitors, cookers, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, hearing aids, computer hard drives, keyboards, mobile phones, TVs and washing machines are all recyclable.

Miscellaneous Goods And Items: Beds, bikes, DVDs, CDs, carpets, chairs, egg shells, food waste, keys, light bulbs, mattresses, musical instruments, printer cartridges, sofas, prescription glasses, tables, toys, video tapes, energy saving light bulbs, fluorescent light tubes and low energy batteries are all recyclable.

When you start to recycle it can be very overwhelming, but one thing that made it much easier when I first started was having a few different bins or containers for different recyclables. This way it is as easy as throwing things in the bin when you want to collect things for recycling and by having different containers for different materials, it makes it much easier when you come to dispose of them at your recycling centre or in your kerbside bins.

The majority of local government authorities and councils run some kind of recycling program, with kerbside bins available for garden and household recyclable items. I have also noticed that many are now running food waste recycling programs as well. If you make use of this free service you can save time and effort as you won’t have to visit a recycling centre as often. Always check the services available in your area and the local authority’s terms and conditions for these services, as they differ from area to area.

For instance, while one council might offer a blue recycling bin for all plastics and paper items, another may have different bins and containers for separate items such as one for paper and one for plastics.

The last piece of advice I’d like to offer you is when you are recycling food cartons and containers, most council and local authorities prefer that these are rinsed before being disposed.

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