This week on the Greenzone, we sit down with Laura Henderson, who is the Operations Manager of the NPO Greencycle.
Most of the household waste you throw away every week could go to recycling instead of landfill. Glass jars and bottles, all your food and drink tins, all paper products most types of plastic, as well as broken appliances and ink cartridges can be reused or transformed into new products.
For glass, cans, plastics and long life cartons:
Items for recycling need to be drained rinsed or cleaned before storing (depending on what was in them). Wine bottles, drink cans etc usually just need draining or a quick rinse. Tin cans or jars which contained food need to be rinsed/washed out (for hygiene) and this can be incorporated into your normal washing up in the sink or dishwasher. Labels can be left on. Sharp lids of opened tin cans can be hazardous so place them inside the can before putting them in your recycling bin. Plastic containers containing cleaning fluids can be rinsed out - thereby using the last of the cleaning product. Oily residue inside bottles of cooking oil, etc is not a problem as long as the top is replaced on the bottle, as slightly oily items can be processed. Please replace jar lids after rinsing, as these can often be reused rather than recycled. Soft plastic packaging can be shaken out (like bread packets) or rinsed, as required.
Cardboard and paper packaging, newspapers, magazines and white paper:
It might be most convenient to collect and store these in your home office or spare room. A lined crate or a large bin works well, although you could also use space inside a cupboard, or a large drawer; even a large sack, which hangs behind a door or inside a cupboard. If possible, these items should be kept separate from your kitchen recycling to ensure they stay dry and clean.
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