You know it’s important to recycle, but do you know which materials recycling services accept? This can differ between local councils but there are a few tips you can follow to help identify recyclable materials in your home.
The most widely recycled materials
The recycling of materials is determined by the facilities available at your local council. Check their website or look for signs on shared refuse containers to find out what materials you can keep out of the bin.
The most widely recycled materials are:
- Paper and cardboard (newspapers and food packaging boxes and sleeves)
- Glass (bottles and cooking cars)
- Hard plastic (food containers and cartons)
- Metal (aluminium cans, tin cans and foil)
- Non-renewables (batteries and lightbulbs)
- Organic material (compostable material like food leftovers and garden waste)
While materials used in food packaging will normally be collected as part of your local recycling service, other items like batteries and lightbulbs will need to be taken to recycling centres (check your local supermarket as they often offer this).
If your local council does not offer a local food waste collection then try recycling this waste yourself by building a compost heap in your garden, or using a compost bin.
Material recycling: how to repurpose items that can’t be recycled
If your local council won’t take some of the recyclable materials described above, then you may be able to repurpose them to avoid them filling up landfill.
Here are a few ideas to try:
Paper and cardboard
Use scrap paper and cardboard for notes, shopping lists, and doodles before taking them to be recycled. Alternatively, use them in kids’ crafts or to protect surfaces from stains when decorating, cleaning, or doing anything else messy.