The days of mindless waste disposal are over. Recycling is where it’s at, more now than ever. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle a least 50% of household waste by 2020. According to the latest figures, we’re not doing too badly, achieving an overall rate of 44.9% in 2014, up from 44.1% in 2013.
For those who need reminding, here are the main reason why recycling our waste is now an essential part of looking after our planet.
By reusing our resources and materials such as glass, paper and tin, less ends up in rubbish dumps where methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is a by-product of waste decomposition.
Recycling old products and materials to make new products uses much less energy than using raw materials for manufacturing. It also leads to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which helps combat climate change.
Recycling reduces air and water pollution which occurs as a result of extracting, refining and processing raw materials.
Recycling reduces the need to consume additional natural resources, helping us conserve important raw materials and protect natural habitats.
We can all do our bit to look after our environment by recycling our own waste – and the kitchen is the best place to make sure it all happens properly. Why not get a kitchen bin with large capacities or separate compartments to make recycling even more convenient? Built-in or free-standing, these recycling bins are perfect for dividing, sorting and organising all your kitchen waste.
Here’s a quick recap of the main materials you should be recycling in your kitchen. Please make sure any containers are empty and clean.
YES – Glass bottles and jars, including wine and beer bottles; coffee, jam and sauce jars
NO – Mirror/window glass, drinking glasses, Pyrex, ceramics, crockery, vases
YES – Food and drinks cans, empty aerosol sprays
NO – Paint tins, saucepans, utensils, garden tools, gas canisters, electrical items
YES – Newspapers, magazines, directories, catalogues, food boxes, stationery, greeting cards, egg boxes, drinks cartons
NO – Shredded paper, metallic wrapping paper, paper towels, old photographs
YES – Plastic bottles and containers, including drinks, bathroom and detergent bottles, yogurt pots, cosmetics tubs, plastic food trays, plastic lids
NO – Plastic bags, bottle tops, polystyrene, plastic toys, garden plastic, crisps packets/wrappers, plastic film