What Can I Recycle?

Mike Lewis
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With climate change being on everyone’s lips this year, we’ve seen more and more individuals and families make lifestyle changes to help the environment and essentially, the planet. As the ‘David Attenborough Affect’ has taken its toll on everyone, according to the GlobalWebIndex, over 53% of consumers have reduced their use of single-use plastic and are now living a much more recycled life. We’ve seen plastic straws given the boot by most public restaurants and people carrying their own refillable water bottle.

Recycling isn’t exactly a new concept as we’ve known people to put out their cardboard boxes for the bin men to take away to be remade into something else, but there is so much more information to be shared. More companies are becoming more aware of the materials they are using and households are making a bigger effort to recycle everything they possibly can – but what can you actually recycle?

What Can Be Recycled?

Paper – Newspapers. Magazines. Catalogues. White Paper. Envelopes. Brown Paper. Non-Shiny Wrapping Paper. Cardboard Boxes

Bottles – Milk. Drinks. Shampoo & Shower Gel. Detergent. Soap bottles (remove the pump!). Skin Care.

Plastics – Pots. Tubs. Trays.

Metal – Drinks Cans. Food tins. Biscuit Tins. Foil with no food residue.

Glass – Coloured bottles. Jars. Beauty products.

Recycling Tips

The Squash Method – Squash anything you can when it comes to recycling. This saves a massive amount of space when it comes to putting it in your recycling bin and also allows them to not roll away in the process.

Wash It! – Give everything that has food residue on a quick rinse out. From soup cans to yoghurt pots, by removing the residue they have less chance of being deemed unrecyclable

Shop Sustainably – The plastic-free shops are on the rise. See if there are any packaging shops close by and take glass jars to stock up on your favourite items with – reducing the amount of plastic you buy.

Compost Away – Take your recycling one step further and create your own compost bin. Throwing away your old food so that it doesn’t go to landfill and can even be used in your garden! 

Educate the Family – The best way we can spread the good news about recycling is to talk about it. As you’re going through the process, explain to your little ones what you are doing and why it is so important. 

Pack Your Lunch – Just like you did at school. By packing your lunch in a reusable tub that you can use time and time again, it saves on the likes of cling film that can’t, in fact, be recycled. Oh, and making a sandwich at home rather than buying one is cheaper and better for the planet!

Buy Recycled – A lot of companies now are creating their products from recycled goods, so by purchasing these, in particular, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and keeping that cycle going. 

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