We all recognise the benefits of recycling. Unfortunately, despite understanding that dumping millions of tons of rubbish into landfill is not the best way forward for the environment or the economy, many homeowners are not geared up to recycling. Companies such as Envirowaste London will clear your waste and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner, but the onus is still on you to do your bit.
Recycling takes a bit of effort, but once you are in a recycling mind-set, you should have no problem recycling the majority of your waste. Here are some tips to make it easier for you.
Don’t Create So Much Waste!
The biggest boost you can give to your recycling efforts is to not create as much waste in the first place. You can’t do much about the junk mail that arrives most days, but you can buy groceries free from excessive packaging and re-use as much as possible.
Know the Rules
Not everything can be recycled, unfortunately. Check the rules in your area so you don’t waste time putting out items that cannot be recycled.
Indoor Recycling Bins
Recycling is a lot easier when you have handy boxes to drop your recycling in. Keep a bin in the kitchen so you can drop plastic, bottles and cans in there. Doing this makes it less likely the lazier members of the household will throw recyclable items in the general waste bin.
It is also handy to keep a small box or bag next to the letter box, so junk mail can be deposited in there to save it from cluttering up the rest of your home.
Compost Organic Waste
Organic waste represents a big percentage of household waste. Out of date perishables, vegetable peelings, and dead flowers can all be recycled. If you have chickens, any food waste will be put to good use, but if not, create a compost heap in the garden. As long as you add a good range of different materials, including garden waste, and fork over your compost heap regularly, you will end up with excellent quality compost. You can then use this to grow your own veggies!
Don’t forget to recycle as much water as possible. Attach a water butt to a downpipe and collect rain water. Use this to water the garden in the summer. If you are feeling really adventurous, reconfigure your plumbing so that waste water from the shower or sink is used to flush the toilet. You can also collect waste water from the house to use in the garden, but only if it is free from chemicals.
Have a Recycling Routine
Recycling is easy if you make it part of your everyday routine. Get into the habit of walking past the bottle bank on the way to school and give one family member the job of organising the recycling one day a week.
Never mindlessly throw junk away. In most cases, it can be recycled or repurposed for something else. You might even be able to sell it on eBay!