Simple tips to recycle like a legend
Here is what we do to make recycling second nature:
- Four small bins in the kitchen. One for glass, one for plastic, one for tin and one for paper.
- Four large bins in the garage.
- All the bins are labelled so there is no mixing.
- Once the smaller inside bins are full we transfer to the larger bins.
- Once these are full we do a run to our local waste management centre. Meaning we only have to go once a month. Win!
Meaning less excuses of why we can't recycle. ;)
2) What to do after collecting my recycling?
Finding your nearest recycling centre is an important part of the process. You don’t want to put the effort in on your side and have that all wasted on a recycling centre that perhaps does not meet all the requirements you need or doesn’t recycle at all.
Have a look at this resource to find the nearest centre to and plan your drop offs into your normal routine.
3) Not all plastic is created equal
Glass, tin and paper need very little thought when separating for recycling, but plastic is a little different. There are many different types of plastic made for a range of different applications and you can easily accumulate three or four different types in a single trip to the shop.
But how do you know what is recyclable and what is not? Your best bet is starting to avoid single use plastic all together, but another step is identifying the types of plastics and if they are recyclable or not.
Next time you are holding a plastic container have a look on the underside for a small imprint of a triangle with a number in it, these are called resin codes. These numbers represent different types of plastic and give you the information you need. So, you will know whether you can recycle it, if it needs a specialised recycling centre to do the job or if that plastic is non-recyclable and will sit in landfill for your children’s children’s children to look at.
To know which plastics can be recycled check out the below chart which shows the different resin codes and the types of plastics they identify.
4) Challenge yourself
If you haven’t started recycling just yet, challenge yourself to try it out just for one month. Set a start date and a final recycling drop off date. Seeing your waste right in front of you and seeing how much of it can be reused or recycled will be all the motivation you need!
If you already recycle, challenge yourself to make small daily changes to improve your refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle your way to a more sustainable future.