Waste has a significant impact on our environment, from the plastic that ends up in our oceans to vast landfill sites releasing pollution into the air. Recycling is vital to help us cut down on the amount of waste being produced, but statistics show that the recycling rate for England currently stands at just 44.7%.
There’s an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of all household waste by 2020 and while we might be slightly behind, it’s never too late to increase your recycling efforts. There are plenty of easy, accessible ways to help you up your recycling at home, so read on to find out more.
Start a compost
If you have a garden, starting a compost heap has a wealth of benefits – for both the environment and your plants. Set up a compost bin in a corner of your garden and add anything from vegetable peel to raw food waste, coffee grounds, garden waste, paper towels and newspaper. The waste will rot down to create a lovely, rich fertiliser for your garden, and it saves the waste from going to landfill.
Buy recycled goods
Get into the habit of buying recycled goods where you can; this eliminates the need for more virgin materials to be used (like new plastic containers). You can buy many everyday household items made using recycled materials, including paper towels, toilet roll, toothbrushes, cups, cutlery and more.
Get children on board
Recycling is much easier if the whole family is on board and children can start helping out from a young age. They don’t need to know the science behind recycling and climate change while they’re very young, but they can still learn the importance of recycling plastic containers and old bottles. Place separate, brightly coloured recycling bins in a prominent place (e.g one for glass, one for paper etc), so they know exactly where their waste should go.
You can make recycling fun too, by using recycled materials for arts and crafts. Try making musical instruments out of old bottles or tubes, or use old egg boxes to make fun cardboard animals.
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