It goes without saying that there are numerous benefits to recycling, and Recycle Week is here to celebrate recycling across the nation whilst raising awareness to recycle more of the right things, more often.
The UK alone produces around a staggering 200 million metric tonnes of waste in a year1, with a large proportion of this waste finding its way onto a landfill site. However, this waste will take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose naturally. For example, a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.2 To battle the landfill crisis and to help the environment it’s so important to recycle where possible to reduce the need for landfill sites.
Mark Hall founder of BusinessWaste.co.uk leading expert in recycling and waste disposal, shares handy top tips on how you can do your bit for the environment and help recycle.
Recycling top tips
- Seek environmentally friendly alternatives
It is your responsibility to seek environmentally friendly alternatives to products that may be damaging to the environment. However, when the purchase of some products is unavoidable, you can try to reduce the amount that you purchase and use. Remember to only buy what you need, when you need it.
- Purchase products that can be used more than once
Reuse a product as opposed to throwing it away after a single use, this will encourage you to purchase products that can be used numerous times. For example, when visiting your local coffee shop please take a reusable coffee cup instead of using a single-use cup.
- Find alternative uses
Find alternative uses for a product you otherwise would have thrown away. Too often, landfill sites are full of single-use products that, realistically, could have been used several times over before disposal. For example, a take-away food plastic container can be cleaned and used for food storage.
- Search for local recycling programs
Some products such as coffee capsules, batteries or crisp packet can’t be left in curbside recycling bins but contact your local council or search for nearby drop off points which allows you to recycle items at no cost rather than throwing in your black bin for landfill.
- Raise Awareness
One of the easiest ways in which you can encourage others to recycle is through raising awareness regarding the sheer importance of it. Spread awareness by sharing any information that comes to light. For example, its estimated that around 60% of the waste we send to landfill sites can actually be recycled.3