Everyone produces waste. The latest statistics suggest, however, that we are recycling approximately 43.9% of our household waste on average in the UK, although this differs greatly in different regions.
So how can you help by Recycling at Home?
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Mobile Phones - Mobile phones contain a number of toxic substances so sending them to landfill is not a safe option. Millions of mobile phones are discarded each year but most of these could be recycled. In fact you could make up to £££ from your old mobile at - envirofone.com.
Paper - Paper and packaging make up huge proportions of most municipal and commercial waste streams and paper is the second largest component of recycled household waste in England. Large amounts of this paper are still sent to landfill, however, using up this resource and meaning that recycling paper has to be imported or virgin product produced. Many councils now collect waste paper from homes but if you do not have this facility for Recycling at Home please take your paper to the nearest paper bank which you can find at the bank locator above.
Glass - Glass can be infinitely recycled without compromising its quality,
creates a compelling case for the recycling of this material. To recycle glass at home check whether it is collected or find yournearest bottle bank using the link above.
Printer Cartridges - Inkjet cartridges are straightforward to recycle by simply refilling, whilst toner cartridges can often be remanufactured. Only about 15% of printer cartridges sold are recycling with thousands of tonnes still ending up in landfill.
Plastic Bottles - Plastic is made from oil - a fossil fuel that will one day run out. It is important to make use of materials like plastics that can be recycled and re-used, rather than continually exploiting the fossil fuels used to make them in the first place. Recycling facilities for plastics vary so check with your local authority to see what is collected in your area.
Composting - Home composting is at the top of the waste hierarchy for composting because it cuts down on transport costs and uses the waste where it is generated with very little environmental impact. Although many local authorities promote the sale of home composting bins, the accompanying instructions are often minimal, which leads to new composters having problems or unrealistic expectations and becoming disillusioned. An excellent website on home composting is Recyclenow
Batteries, Metals, Liquids & Chemicals and Electrical Goods - can all be recycled and you can find your nearest recycling centre by clicking on the bank locator.
For Recycling at Home use the Recycle Bank Locator to find your nearest recycling facilities at www.recycle-more.co.uk
For further information on Recycling click on the links below