By now, most of us are aware of the impact that plastic has on our planet, as well as other harmful issues such as overflowing landfills. It’s never too late to make a difference, and paying more attention to your recycling habits is one of the easiest places to start. Many household materials can be recycled, including plastic, cardboard, metal and paper, and even if you’re already recycling these, it can’t hurt to pick up some extra tips.
If you want to know some simple ways to recycle more effectively, see below for four of our favourite tips.
Make sure everything’s clean
Failing to rinse recyclable waste is unpleasant for those collecting it and leftover grease can actually damage cardboard, making it impossible to recycle. Food and green waste should also be kept separate to avoid contaminating ‘dry waste’ like glass or paper.
Recycle your water
Collecting and recycling rainwater is simple, free and great for the environment. If you have a garden then all you need to do is install a water butt (these start at very affordable prices and can be found at your local garden centre). Use the water butt to collect rain which you can then put back into the soil by using it to water plants during dry seasons.
Don’t forget your electronics
It’s important to remember that electronics can be recycled too, including old batteries, mobile phones, computers or printers – pretty much any electrical equipment you can think of. There are many nonprofit organisations or E-waste collectors who can safely dispose of your old electronics for you; you can check with your local council to find out more.
Recycle plastic bags separately
Many people use plastic bags to group together other recycling materials, such as tin cans or paper, but this is actually unhelpful and wasteful when it gets to the recycling plant. Plastic bags used for this purpose will be thrown away, so it’s much better to recycle your plastic bags next time you go shopping or recycle them using a dedicated plastic bag initiative.
Recycling is very important to us here at Batesy Skip Hire Ltd, so if you’re looking for eco-friendly waste collection in Belfast, give us a call. We aim to recycle 95% of all waste we collect, and we’re also the proud owners of a custom-built waste transfer station and recycling centre. To arrange waste collection services for you or your business, give us a call today or visit our website to find out more.