All About Recycling!

February 18, 2014

recycling bins

We are all encouraged to recycle, reuse and reduce our waste; in fact it’s pretty criminal the amount of things which are wasted every single day and put into landfill sites clogging up the earth with rubbish. Many of these things which really ought to be recycled but aren’t can lay dormant in the earth for hundreds if not thousands of years – many man-made things just do not decompose.

One of the reasons why people don’t recycle is down to the age-old excuse of convenience. The majority of people are simply too lazy to go to the trouble of recycling however a few well placed and clearly signed recycle bins can make it easier for people to recycle than it is to dispose of their unwanted items in any other way – clever huh? That’s why there are so many recycling bins in car parks, on street corners, in supermarkets etc, so use them.

We aren’t just concerned about business waste, we are equally passionate about encouraging the general public to do what they can to recycle as much as they can. Next time you go to the supermarket, why not pop to the recycling bins, many of them have them, it’s an ideal time to recycle!

The number of things which can be safely recycled is actually quite surprising.  Let’s look at a few examples;

  • Batteries – of all types are officially hazardous waste and really ought to be recycled.  Even the ordinary batteries we use in our clocks, torches and other everyday household items contain a small amount of hazardous materials so ought to be put into a special recycling receptacle. The best idea is to recycle your old batteries and replace them with rechargeable batteries.
  • Paper – should be separated before putting in for recycling. Magazines, office paper, cardboard, newspapers etc can all be recycled. If you really want to do your bit for the environment you should always try to buy recycled paper only and use it on both sides.
  • Printer Cartridges – are to be found in around 90% of homes in the UK and unfortunately thousands of them end up filling landfill sites.  Buying a refillable printer cartridge is the best option and when it is time to dispose of your old cartridge there are many specific appeals which will gladly take care of them for you, it just takes a little time to find one in your local area.

There are loads more of course and I’m sure you are aware of many of them already. Many local councils are making it more and more easy to recycle and so next time you go to the bin just stop and think for a moment!