As a nation we’re getting better at recycling, however there is still so much more we can do to increase the amount we recycle, reducing what ends up in waste, or worse, at landfill sites which are so harmful to our environment.
As individuals’ part of a community, there are many ways in which we can contribute to the number of materials which are recycled rather than just binned.
The Recycle Now website shares some useful suggestions which are a great starting point:
- Check your recycling locator to find out what you can actually recycle and where your nearest recycling centre is (there are waste recycling centres across County Durham so also have a look at the durham.gov.uk website)
- Make sure you have the correct bins or boxes to recycle – as a rule there should be options for general waste, garden waste and glass/tins/plastic/cardboard
- Make sure you know the dates your rubbish is being collected
- Ensure everything is recycling ready when it goes into the bin i.e. wash glass jars out first
- Make recycling part of your weekly shopping – most supermarkets have recycling drop-off points so use them when you’re out
It’s not hard to do your bit – just a few small changes could make a real difference.
Another source you will find useful is the Durham County Councils Reduce, Reuse, Recycle webpage which has lots of local information along with hints and tips on things you can do. While you are at it why not sign up to the single use plastics pledge?