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Back To Basics – How to Recycle

The waste hierachy

The key factor to bear in mind when sorting your waste is to check locally what you are able to put into your recycling bin. Many people assume the system is obvious, or the same as their previous address. Sometimes what you can recycle at the kerbside does change, hopefully your local authority will inform you of any changes but it is a good idea to double check every now and again.

If you are lucky enough to get garden or food waste collections do also check what you can put into your bin. I’ve seen information from some authorities stating that they can take all food waste such as cooked foods/meat etc and others where it is limited to uncooked fruit and veg or simply garden waste.

If you can follow your local guidance on how to present your recycling you stand a much better chance of it actually being recycled.

The information you get will not only tell you what materials you can put out in your kerbside collection but how to sort them. It may also include information such as whether you need to separate different types of material and where to put your waste for the collection crew.

For St Nicks collections, as with any collection you get, it’s important to follow the instructions we give you. We operate in an unusual way, you may have spotted our small fully electric vehicles and our load bearing tricycles. We ask you to squash materials so that we can actually fit them onto our vehicles! Washing makes the whole process nicer for everyone, you don’t have gross, mouldy packaging in your recycling box and we don’t get covered in bin juice or breath in mould spores as we collect your recycling. Washing or rinsing your recycling also

Squashed vs unsquashed plastics. The same number & type of bottles highlights the difference in space taken up.

means it’s more likely to be recycled. In some instances recycling needs to be stored until the quantities are big enough so if it’s clean it is less likely to attract pests and it makes it less expensive to recycle (as it requires less processing). No matter who collects your recycling or garden waste following these basic principles (washing and squashing) will mean there is less contamination and less vehicles required on the roads to transport the waste.

If you feel like you want to be able to recycle more there are a few resources to help. You can use the interactive map on the Terracycle UK website which will show the drop off locations for materials they are able to recycle (such as dental products, crisp packets, pens etc.) Recycle Now also has a search feature, you can search by location or by material.

25 June 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: contamination, directory, instructions, principles, recycling, Reduce, reuse, upcycle, waste