Recycling Week 2021 - Top tips!

We want to help you achieve a better, cleaner, greener community so today we’re sharing our top tips when it comes to recycling.

The key to reducing the amount of waste that’s dumped is to: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

So, what does this mean?

REDUCE: This is all about making less waste in the first place. Why not buy products sold with minimal packaging, and with packaging that’s recyclable.

REUSE: By finding alternative uses for items, or reusing things wherever possible, we can minimise the impact of waste on the environment.

Wash and use your glass milk bottle up to 20 times, and then return them to your milkman. Or, go a step further and use them and jam jars for storing small items around the home, or as a vintage-looking vase.

Many of the items that you would normally consider as rubbish could be used for other purposes. So, instead of throwing items away, reduce waste by using them for other roles.

RECYCLE: So many materials can be used to make something new, like aluminium cans and foil. It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminium than it takes to extract it from mines!

Recycling in and around the home can be easy when you know how. By thinking carefully about what products you buy and how to recycle them is a great first step – so stop, pause, and think before you throw.

Another awesome way to get started is composting. Composting is a process where waste degrades into compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow.

It’s an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food.

You can even recycle grass cuttings after mowing the lawn by simply leaving the cuttings on the ground instead of throwing them away. They will turn into nutrients and act as a fertiliser in the soil.

If you love to volunteer, so why not become involved in local community projects or support a school to make small changes in the classroom? Providing and implementing new recycling ideas is a great way to take action and get the whole family involved.

We can all do a little more to protect our planet – so what are you waiting for? Let’s go!