In England alone, people contribute 177 million tonnes of waste to land fill every year – and the sad part is that so much of it can be reduced, re-used or recycled. National Recycle Week is a time for everyone to stop and think about how much waste they could be contributing landfill every year, and what they can do to be more of an effective recycler!
So, what does happen to the items we recycle? How we sort our household recycling waste for it to be collected varies across the UK, but effectively items are sorted by whether they are recyclable, what item they are and then transported to the relevant factory where they can be recycled into new material. Watch this playlist to learn how items are recycled, and check where you can recycle locally by clicking here.
Different collection types
What happens at the recycling centre?
Recycling around the home
This year it is all about recycling items around the home. That can include recyclable items like those mentioned above, old clothes, and unwanted furniture or electricals. First of all, before chucking items away, why not selling them or passing them on second hand? We have thousands of people on Preloved every day looking for second hand furniture, second hand and vintage clothing or free stuff, so shifting those unwanted items might be easier than you first think!
For everything you can’t sell, Recycle Now have a wealth of useful information on their site to help you learn about what you can recycle, and where you can go to recycle them. Did you know that:
- 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year, most of which can be eaten?
- recycling aluminium only uses 5% of the energy it takes to create it from raw materials?
- we use 57,000 tonnes of food and drinks cartons nationwide every year? – that’s the same as 331 blue whales!
- on average, each person buys 3 new electrical items every year, and that only 30% of electrical items purchased in a year are recycled nationwide?
- despite glass being the easiest material to recycle, and the amount being recycled doubling over the last 5 years, the UK is still behind by only recycling 50% of all container glass? Switzerland recycle more than 90%!
Reduce and re-use!
Recycle Now also have information on how you can reduce and re-use items around the home, which reduces the need for you to recycle in the first place! To celebrate Recycle Week, we’ll be sharing ideas on how you can creatively turn recyclable items into handy re-usable around the home. We’ll be sharing these on our blog and across Facebook, Twitterand Google + so stay tuned!