Does Recycling Really Help? Or Is it Just a Scam?

Does Recycling Really Help? Or Is it Just a Scam?

When it comes to being good to our planet and combating global warming/the energy crisis/various other crises, one of the main things that we are told to do is recycle. This is a basic fundamental of living in a green way, and it’s something that many of us will practice diligently even if we aren’t interested in environmentalism. But does it really help? Can the simple act of throwing your cardboard and plastic into a different bin really change anything? Here we will look at recycling in a little more depth and examine whether it really is any use, or whether it’s in fact just a scam to get more money out of us. What Happens to Your Recycling? So what happens when you throw something in the recycling instead of the litter? Well first of all it is collected into a particular compartment in a lorry/truck and then it is normally taken to the MRF (materials recovery facility) to be sorted. Here someone has the unpleasant job of separating the materials by hand or using a machine, before sending […]

The Paperless Office

Recycling paper is one of the biggest parts of going green as it means cutting down fewer trees resulting in more oxygen and less carbon dioxide and so less heat trapped in our planet. All of this is highly important if you want to do your bit toward going green, and by the same token it is important that you also use paper that has been made from recycled material. However while this is certainly a good step to take, there is one better that you can go – and that’s to avoid using paper in the first place as much as possible. To achieve this is an aim that many businesses hold, and something that anyone interested in going green to consider. Not only is this great for going green though, but also for saving space, and for making things easier to find. But how could you achieve it? The simple answer is to use new technology to replace paper wherever possible, and there are several ways you can start doing that right now. Here we will look at […]

Doing a Clear Out

Clearing out your things from time to time is one of the healthiest and most efficient things you can do for your home. If you are able to clear out your belongings correctly then you will find that you end up having more space, feeling less claustrophobic, being able to keep things cleaner and less cluttered, having more time to get things done and generally feeling better about yourself. At the same time you can improve the efficiency of your home and earn a bit of money at the same time. It’s great for going green, and it also helps you to feel the whole ethos of going green by living in more efficient and less cluttered surroundings. When you clear out your home this means you will need to go through all your old boxes and junk and get rid of anything that is taking up unwanted space. If you really want to feel the difference though then you need to be ruthless and get rid of anything that isn’t either sentimental or regularly used. All of us have […]

Recycling From Both Sides of the Equation

When it comes to recycling to help the environment most of us will these days do at least some recycling and will at least recycle our bottles or plastic waste. This is partly because we have to, so even if we’re not all about going green we need to throw our rubbish into the recycling bin and waste bin respectively if we want the trash collectors to actually take our bins away. Meanwhile those more focussed on going green will take the time and effort to really route through their things and select the items that really need recycling and those that don’t, to then clean these out, and to remove any elements that aren’t suitable for recycling. They might even have other recycling bins and re-use some of their used items themselves – organic materials for fertilizing their gardens for instance. But is this the only way of going green when it comes to recycling? Is there more you can do to make sure that fewer materials go to waste or end up in dump sites? Of course there […]

Managing Your Recycling

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 […]