If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production”Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist
Most people know that they can make a difference by recycling their waste. Activists have been trying to encourage every household in the UK to recycle for years, and with the cooperation of the general population and councils all over the country, it’s working. Statistics show that the rate of recycling from has skyrocketed from 11.2% in 2000/2001 to 43.2% in 2017/2018. These results are great when we compare them to other European countries, recycling rates in the UK rose faster from 2001 to 2010 than any other European country. However, the EEA has stated that, despite the UK’s remarkable achievements in recycling
[its] growth in…recycling slowed down significantly towards the end of the last decadeDavid Watson
That’s why this week’s Fresh X-tra blog will be dedicated to helping you make your recycling life easier…with 7 recycling top tips!! And what better day than Global Recycling Day
So here we go… Top Tip
1. Make Recycling Stations at Home
When recycling we can fall into a trap of only recycling plastics or stuffing everything into the same recycling bin. It’s more effective to create different recycling stations for your different recyclable products – this way you can drop them off at the correct deposits and help the recycling process.
And don’t worry – you don’t have to ruin the aesthetic of your home to be a more effective recycler. Why don’t you have some fun and think of some inventive ways to make your recycling stations fit right in.
2. Get Everyone Involved
Don’t be the only only in the house responsible for the recycling. Have a family meeting and make sure everyone knows that they live in a recycling household and that they need to do their part. There’s nothing worse than putting loads of effort into making the perfect recycling stations and then having no one using them properly. If they don’t understand why they should be getting involved, then now would be a perfect time to educate them on the wonders of recycling.
3. Get Crafty
You’ve already got your creative juices flowing after creating the perfect recycling stations for your home, so why not keep it going. Reusing your products at home is a fun and cheap way to teach your family the importance of recycling. Reuse is one of the 3 R’s you know. A big part of making your recycling a success is reducing the amount of waste that you’re sending to the deposits and landfills. So make some toys for your kids, or keep them in a box for craft time or maybe start DIY’ing using your old bits and bobs. I promise you’ll have fun
4. Know your Recycling Requirements
You need to make sure that you’re recycling right. So do some research and read up on the recycling rules for your area. Find out what can and can’t be recycling – you can even make yourself a little chart to sit by your recycling stations to help remind you and your family. This information can usually be found on your council website, and if you have any questions there’s nothing stopping you from giving your local council a ring.
5. Learn about the Biodegradable Grades
Your recycling life will not only be easier, but much more effective, if you can learn and understand a bit more about the types of plastic that you’re buying. To help you with this next weeks blog will be a run-down on the different ‘types’ of plastic and how to recycle them. For now though, here’s a handy picture to give you some more information
6. Try Composting
It’s important to get into the habit of recycling in all areas of life, not just the plastics. Your different recycling stations will help with this, but creating a compost area in your garden will take your recycling to an even higher level. You use your compost to recycle garden waste and kitchen scraps.
7. Have Fun
Don’t treat recycling like a chore and make sure your family doesn’t think of it as a bother either – otherwise they’ll stop doing it as soon as they leave the house. If you have kids then make it into a game – maybe create a contest to see who can recycle the most in a month and then appoint a Recycle Champion. Make sure they’re proud of their recycling achievements and it will stay with them for life! And, make sure that they know why they’re doing it so they can educate and influence others as they grow up.
Really once you get into a groove of recycling it will become like second nature, and the fact that you clicked to read is a great sign. The more people you care enough to make a difference, the greater chance we have of saving the planet.
FreshX’s Advice of the Week:
Remember: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle