We all recognise the importance of recycling and we all know how important it is to avoid wasting the planet’s resources and it’s not really much skin off of our teeth to place our used items in one bin rather than another. However that said it can sometimes get a little confusing when we have two or more recycling bins and when we aren’t sure what’s recyclable and what isn’t – and even more so if there are various people in our home. Here we will look at some tips for making life easier.
Designate Bins: First of all you need to designate your selected bins for things like ‘plastic and bottles’, ‘organic’ and ‘non-recyclable’. You need to make sure that you are complying with the local council as if you throw the wrong things in the recycling you will be making more work for them not less. At the same time having a bin for organic recycling is not particularly useful unless your council recycle those things. That said if you are a keen gardener then you might want to keep an organic bin for yourself instead/as well.
Label: Making labels is a very good idea as even with the best will in the world we sometimes forget which bins are the recycling bins and which ones are for the general rubbish. At the same time using labels for your recycling bins can inform guests and other residents who might be helping out with the chores. Make sure you label them in terms of what needs to go in there: so ‘
Keep Them Near: We are creatures of habit, and most of us would admit to being a tad lazy. Make sure the recycling bins are near and accessible then will make us more likely to use them. Make sure you have a foot pedal for instance.
Use Recyclable Bin Bags: For your recyclable bins, having degradable bin bags is a very good idea. This is because you otherwise will not be able to throw away the bin bags when you empty the bins into the dustbins, and that then means that you will have to remove everything from them first. This is messy and unpleasant, but it also means you are more likely to miss some things that get stuck in the bottom of the bag.
Take Lids Off: Just because a bottle is fit for the recycling bins doesn’t always mean the lid is. Make sure to dispose of the lid elsewhere if this is the case.
Wash Things Out: If you don’t want your kitchen to smell, and if you want to do more for the environment still – then washing out bottles and jars to make sure they are clean is a very good move.