Two tips – Successful recycling at home
This week’s Change the World Wednesday challenge has us sorting out recyclable materials that cannot be collected from kerbside.
A few years ago I committed to accumulating as little landfill waste as possible. Within a few weeks I’d failed miserably.
Because my recycling area was not organised. I mean take a look at the photo – wouldn’t that drive you crazy too?
Once I’d spent a few hours designing (I use that word lightly) a purpose-built recycling area, success followed. And I can tell you; it wasn’t rocket-science and I didn’t spend any money. I simply repurposed what I already had.
My recycling area consists of three shelves and a lot of boxes. Each box has the name of an item written on the front so that any visitors to our house, including kids, can use it easily.
I collect items I have to take to bring banks and the local recycling centre such as plastic bottles, tetra pak cartons, batteries, aluminium foil, soft plastics and ‘miscellaneous’ items including light bulbs, broken crockery etc.
Setting up a recycling area is a breeze if you live in a large house with lots of outbuildings, but for most of us, storage is an issue so you’ll have to get creative. Perhaps you need bags that hang on the backs of doors. Maybe you have space outside the back door to stack containers. You might need to create space in a garage, shed or on a balcony…
One of my top tips is to REDUCE the size of your recycling. Compact those plastic bottles, scrunch up the foil, wash and squash your tetra pak cartons and last week we were talking about exercise without the gadgets and gizmos; so CRUSH your tins! You’ll get biceps AND space in your home!
The most difficult item for us to recycle is mixed plastics. We can recycle plastic bottles as long as they are numbers 1 or 2. We can recycle soft plastics like magazine wrapping, toilet roll packaging and carrier bags, as long as they are number 4. But things like yogurt pots (number 5 or 6) or the dreaded number 7 or worse still, ,my personal bugbear, UNMARKED plastics are nigh on impossible. The only solution there comes before you go through the checkout: Vote with your money – leave it on the shelf and find an alternative product…
How do you store your recycling at home and what are your tips for effortless and successful recycling?