Whilst we should always prioritise ‘reusing’ and ‘repurposing’, recycling properly can be very powerful in diverting items from landfill (which is building up at an alarming rate) and of course, reducing the need for new products to be made from virgin materials. Unfortunately, though, much confusion and inconsistency surrounds recycling – it doesn’t help that each council has its own rules for what they do and do not recycle. This means that there are plenty of items that can be recycled which people don’t know can be recycled and instead are sending to landfill (conversely, there’s plenty of items that people are putting into their recycling bins which they shouldn’t be! Plastic bags and coffee cups, for starters…). Indeed, almost half of all UK households throw away one or more items that could be recycled (source: www.londonrecycles.co.uk).
In this article, we hope to help you better navigate the complex but quite amazing world of recycling by sharing ten everyday items that we should be recycling (that we might not know we should be recycling – what a mouthful!)
So yes, recycling can be confusing which is hardly surprising given all the different rules – it’s certainly an area the Government needs to make vast improvements. We hope you enjoyed learning about some recyclable products you shouldn’t be leaving out of your recycling bin!