We’ve all heard the adage “reduce, reuse, recycle” and many of us already follow a few of the principles. But what else can we do? Discover our inspirational recycling tips to help turn your home green in no time.
Ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home
Regardless of how much time, money and effort you want to spend making your home more environmentally friendly, there are lots of things you can do. From extensive overhauls to little changes in your daily routine, the most important thing is to do something.
Recycling waste materials
Unsure about what can we recycle at home? Your local council should be able to help you, but here is a starter list to get you thinking:
- Metal – food cans and foils
- Glass – bottles and jars
- Cardboard and paper – packaging and newspapers
- Plastics – packaging (look for the triangular recycling symbol)
- Textiles – clothes and fabrics
Always check with your local council and organise your waste system at home to ensure you don’t mix your recyclables. Use different containers in your kitchen to help separate waste and get the kids to make signs that help identify what can, and what cannot, be recycled.
Recycling clothes and other materials
It’s not just waste packaging that you can recycle at home, even old clothes, fabrics and other household items can find a new lease of life.
For clothes, you should donate those in good condition to charity shops and try and repair anything with only minor damage. Items past the point of repair may be suitable for textile recycling so be sure to check this in your local area before reaching for the bin. Aim to clear out your wardrobe, and those of your kids, a couple of times a year to stay on top of things.
For other household items you no longer want, such as appliances or furnishings, use sites like Freecycle or online auction sites to give them away or get a little cash for them. You’ll need to prove the items are usable, and safe, but it’s better than chucking them in landfill.
Ways to recycle outside the home
Recycling isn’t only possible inside the home, you can also make use of things outside your home too. Whether you apply these recycling tips to your garden or your place of work, it’s an easy way to make sure you’re doing your bit for the environment.