How Can We Help?

Recycling is one of the most effective ways to conserve the environment and save energy. It doesn’t require a lot of effort but collectively, recycling can make a big difference in the world. Most people in industrialized country are seeing the importance of recycling but there’s always something more to be done. Let’s take a look at what we can do to help in to recycling process.

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Many of us have heard of the 3 R’s but why they are so important?

  • Recycle: Recycling can be practiced in the household, garden, and community. We as consumers can practice recycling at home by thinking about how to recycle the items as they purchase them in the supermarket. It’s a good idea to buy recyclable products and products made from recycled materials. Try not to buy hazardous materials and set up a recycle bin in your home. Plant trees in the yard and look into composting and grass cycling. In the community, take part in the recycling programs of local schools and businesses. To improve the recycling process, find out about local recycling facilities, community projects, and cash for cans incentives.
  • Reduce: By choosing what garbage to throw away and in what quantities, we can help to reduce the amount of waste. At the supermarket, try to only buy items that are needed and always look for reusable products, all-purpose cleaners, and items with minimal packaging. Unwanted items should be given away or sold.
  • Reuse: Before throwing away any item, think about whether it can be used for another purpose. For instance, used envelopes can be reused if you stick a label over the address and grocery bags can be used as trash bags or pet waste bags. Some of the items which can be reused include jars, pots, newspaper, cardboard, old clothes, packaging, used wood, tires, and scrap paper. Old books, clothes or electrical equipment, you can also consider donating them so they can be used by somebody else.

How to Recycle Different Materials

  • Plastic: The main types of plastic are HDPE, PVC, and PET. Before recycling plastic bottles, make it a point to clean them first. To reduce packaging waste, try to buy plastic bottles in bulk. In the UK and abroad, there are Reverse Vending Machines that promote the recycling process by sorting, collecting, and recycling various plastic items.
  • Batteries: Waste batteries are hazardous so it’s best to recycle them. Never throw waste batteries in your household trash can because they will end up in the landfills. Rechargeable batteries should be returned to the manufacturer for recycling or disposal. It’s better to use rechargeable batteries because it costs a lot of money to produce ordinary batteries.
  • Glass Bottles: Glass is categorized by color, namely, clear, brown, and green. Wear gloves when you are handling broken glass. Look for the nearest glass recycling facility and deposit glass into the right container.
  • Mobiles: Mobile phones can be recycled or donated to family and friends. Check with the manufacturer to find out if they have any mobile phone recycling programs.

Recycling Etiquette

In the UK, recycling targets are set by the local councils. In this sense, the services and facilities can differ, and they are determined by such factors like cost, targets, logistics, and the absence of a nationwide framework. To improve the recycling process, we are encouraged to clean and rinse the containers, and to crush tin cans. Plastic bottles should be expelled of air by squeezing them flat.

Trash Can Composotion

In the UK, many people don’t care to recycle sufficiently so they instead throw all their trash into the ordinary garbage can. This action is not recommended because a large part of this waste is recyclable and they should be deposited in the home recycling bin or local recycling facilities. Let’s take a look at the composition on an average household dust bin in the UK. In a typical UK household dustbin, we discover 35 percent organic materials, 30 percent paper products, 12 percent construction materials, 9 percent plastics, 6 percent metals, 3 percent glass, and 5 percent other materials. Evidently, a large portion of the rubbish can be recyclable and we should all make every effort to recycle the items appropriately. When recycling, we are making an important contribution to our homes, communities, and the future of our children.