We all agree, recycling rocks. And people living in the UK should give themselves a big pat on the back for how far we’ve come as recyclers both at work and home over the last couple of decades. In fact, it’s estimated that we now recycle 45% of the stuff we throw away compared with just 7.5% in 1995. That figure is expected to reach 50% by 2020.
But, did you know there is a correct way to recycle and that if we get it right every time we could increase the success of recycling even more? It’s understandable if you’re not sure what can actually go in your recycling bin – after all, it’s different for each area and some things look like plastic when they’re actually foil or made from another material. Some have food recycling as well as plastics, bottles and cans. And no one really knows what to do with the Nespresso pods of coffee. Nestle, which makes the coffee products is trialling a scheme for Kensington and Chelsea properties that allows residents to recycling the containers via their council service with specially provided purple bags. So watch out for that service in case it’s rolled out in your area soon.
So what can you actually recycle in your home or workplace? The simple answer is that it’s different for everyone, so we can’t give you a definitive list of dos and don’ts. Check the pages of your local council or borough’s website to find out the exact items they will take away from your wheelie bin. Make sure that anything you recycle is rinsed or has food removed from it as this can contaminate the item and mean it is either left outside your property or ends up in landfill.
Here is a list of items you can recycle, wherever you live:
- Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays – yoghurt pots, milk containers and plastic jars of cream, for example
- Clean foil and foil trays – the kind of thing that ready meals often come in
- Empty aerosols – Not just deodorant but cleaning sprays, hair sprays and air fresheners
- Glass bottles and jars – Empty Dolmio jars, beer bottles, jam and Nuttella pots for example
- Cardboard and paper – The left over Sunday Times, packaging from an item of furniture or household post and bills (make sure you shred any private or financial documents)
- Food tins and drinks cans – Think Heinz baked beans, Diet Coke and other aluminium-style cans
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