Many of us know just how important it is to take good care of our planet; after all, we want it to last as long as possible. This means that we want to learn more about the different approaches you can take to protect our planet and keep it safe.
One of the simplest things you can do is recycling, whether that is at home or in the work environment. Recycling at home is something that you have much more control over than recycling in a workspace. However, we know here at Wastefair that it can be tricky to know where to start.
To help you to discover just how easy it is to recycle at home, we have put together our tips on how best to approach it.
Learn reduce, reuse and recycle
The best place to start when it comes to recycling is learning about the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.
Reduce stands for reducing the amount of waste that you produce in your home. Reuse is finding another use for items that you may throw away so that they are not wasted. Finally, there is recycling, which is when you place certain materials into a recycling bin to be repurposed in the future.
Understand what you can recycle
Next, you need to know more about the materials you can recycle and which you cannot. For the most part, you should recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, metal and glass. However, you may need to check with your local authority for more information on what you can recycle and how you do this.
Remember food waste
Whilst recycling is more about materials that can be reused, it is also worthwhile trying to reduce the food waste that ends up going to landfill. Some local authorities are already putting their own helping hands to reduce food waste; however, as an alternative, you can try composting your food waste and then using it in your garden.
As well as thinking about the waste that you recycle at home, you should also try to reduce how much you have to recycle in the first place. There are several ways that you can try and do this. It is a good idea to buy recycled products where you can, as this will help. When buying recycled products isn’t an option, you should aim to purchase products that have less packaging, as this, in turn, will be less waste that you need to recycle.
If you find it hard to recycle at home, then colour coding your bins to correlate with what you need to recycle is the best approach to take. The way that you colour code depends on you and your family and, if you have children that are also keen to get involved with recycling, you may want to add photos to help them figure out which material goes where.
If we all do as much recycling as we can, we can reduce the amount of waste that we produce and help our planet. The main thing to remember is that everything that you do, no matter how small, can help.