We’ve all experienced that same dread every time you buy something and have to think about how you’re going to have to clean and recycle it to avoid a telling off from the council, and we’ve all felt that hatred for the big plastic recycling boxes that seem to take up half the drive way!
However, with a few tips and some tricks up your sleeve, you’ll no longer hate recycling and it can actually turn into a fun way of helping the environment…or, at the very best, you’ll find it a lot easier. We’ve put together some of those tips to get you started and help you on your way to recycling serenity!
Get to grips with the different recycling symbols
We all know that we need to look at the different symbols on our packaging and materials to determine whether something can be recycled or not, and how, but if you don’t know exactly what it is you’re looking at, it can seem like you’re reading symbols from a different language. If you don’t remember learning them at school or if they’ve changed quite a bit since then (they seem to evolve quite a lot), then take some time to read this article regarding recycling symbols explained to make life a little easier.
Understand your local council’s recycling rules and regulations
So now you know what can be recycled, what you need to do to it beforehand etc, but it’s important to remember that some councils will vary quite a lot with how they want you to treat your recycling, and how you display it for them to collect. There’s a useful guide here about general recycling etiquette that should help you understand how to prepare your recycling on a general level, but it’s a good idea to speak to your local council directly if you have any other questions, especially if you’re new to the area.
Research easy ways of getting rid of your electricals
Recycling your electricals can seem like one of the toughest jobs, as you can’t just add them to your normal council recycling. However, with new options available from a variety of companies and organisations, it’s never been easier to get rid of those large electrical appliances, and even smaller ones, such as laptops, mobile phones and even batteries. ServiceForce.co.uk have put together a great article regarding recycling your electronics which is well worth a read if you’d like some more info.
Think about recycling before buying
It’s also a good idea to anticipate recycling aspects of the things you’re buying in advance, so that you will know what you’ll have to do with the packaging of a product when you’re finished with it. Where possible, look for items with packaging that you can reuse in some way, or that is easily recycled. This will make things a little bit easier when you’ve used the product and are at the point of throwing out the packaging.