Recycling is an important step in waste management because it diverts waste from landfill and recovers valuable components and materials that would otherwise be buried, contaminated and unavailable to us. Recycling can help us to minimise the energy needed to produce materials like plastic (which is often made from oil) and metals (which are mined out of the ground) because we melt down what we're finished with and make it into something new, without having to find, extract, purify or transport the raw materials.
There are lots of websites dedicated to recycling - two of the best are:
- Clean or remove the food scraps left in packaging
- Roll aluminium foil into a ball ready for recycling
- Flatten boxes
- Place items loosely in recycling bins
- Biodegradable bags should go in your compost as they won't break down in landfill
What can be recycled?
- Electronic Waste (televisions, computers, cords, etc) - these can be dropped off at our Centre. Please note some charges apply.
- Whiteware (fridges and washing machines etc) call us on 06 870 4942 for contact details of whiteware recyclers in your area
- portable gas bottles
- metals and building materials (including window glass, bricks, wood and concrete)
- toys, clothes, soft furnishings, furniture, bicycles
- Motor products - Take brake fluid, oil and tyres to your local petrol station or garage for recycling instead of throwing them away.
Check out timeforanoilchange.org for more information about the effects of oil on our environment.
- paper and cardboard
- glass bottles and jars
- hard plastic
- cans and foil
Your local council will have more specific information on exactly they will accept in the kerbside recycling collection.