As a company that offers responsible recycling services and has written many times on the importance of recycling, it is very much a sign of these odd times that we are offering up a blog post on why you should be mindful of the amount you recycle during this current pandemic. With the vast majority of the UK population at home for the foreseeable future, and over 9 million people expected to be on furlough, now could seem a great time to finally do that big clear out. But with tips closed across the UK and key workers under pressure, here are our top tips on how NOT to recycle:
Avoid Big Clear Outs
As we mentioned above, being at home all day presents the perfect opportunity to sort through attics, lofts, spare rooms and garden sheds. But in doing this you create more rubbish for council workers to collect, either through kerbside or arranged collection. Tips are also closed, so if you choose to have your sort out now, you could end up being surrounded by it for months to come. Hold fire on your clear out until the tips are re-opened at least.
We realised that with a full household eating three meals today (and endless snacks if you have children!) minimising the food and household waste you produce could prove more difficult than normal. Making sure that you only buy what you need, pay attention to any use by dates and storing food properly will all help here. If you have a garden and are a keen gardener, consider creating your own compost. This website shows how to do this on bare earth.
Re-use and Recycle
If you can’t resist the urge to have a clear out, consider repurposing some items. Clothing can be turned into dusters and cleaning cloths, plastic containers can store food and glass jars could hold utensils or colouring pens. When restocking, larger packs of laundry detergent and dry goods often create less waste than smaller packets.
We hope you have enjoyed our latest post on how not to recycle (it feels very odd typing that!) If you have any tips on minimising waste that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them, just pop a comment in the box below. When the world is back on an even keel, should you need any business recycling, check out what we offer and how we ensure that your items are recycled here.