Confused about recycling? You’re not alone!
Recycling is confusing. In recent years, disposing of waste and the impact it has on the environment has been the centre of news reports and filled frequent headlines. More and more people are recycling across the country, but a lot of people still aren’t sure how to properly do it. Here at Mr Rubble, we are passionate about sustainability. 93% of the waste we collect from both our Sheffield skip hire and Rotherham skip hire customers is sent to our purpose-built recycling centre, established in 2006. We care about the environment, and one of the best ways to look out for it is to ensure all our customers understand what and when to recycle.
Most people have an understanding of the common materials to recycle, items such as glass, cardboard and plastic, but what about things like greaseproof paper? A recent study by the cleaning brand Ecover uncovered that 60% of people in the UK say they frequently recycle, but 37% say they are unsure on what can be reprocessed, so send green items to landfill. One of the most common materials people get confused about is plastic. It is always a good idea to look for the green recycling stamp on any plastic packaging, which should tell you if something can be sent to be reprocessed. However, as these are sometimes unclear and differ from brand to brand, your best bet is to Google the item; the quickest way to find out where it should be put.
Local councils across the UK have different recycling standards on what items are accepted. Always check with your council what days each bin is collected and have a look at their recycling policy to ensure you are recycling the correct things and maximising the amount you do. Despite councils having differing policies, there are a lot of common items people think can’t be put in the green bin, but they can be.
Items that CAN be recycled:
- Kitchen foil and foil food tins.
- Deodorant aerosols and hairspray cans with plastic lids.
- Metal lids.
- Bleach bottles.
- Aluminium tubes such as tomato puree.
Along with this, it is equally as important to only put items that can be recycled into the green bin. Materials that are yet unable to be reprocessed will slow down recycling systems and will have to be transported to landfill, burning more fossil fuels than necessary.
Items that CAN’T be recycled:
- Kitchen roll.
- Greasy take-away boxes.
- Laminated foil / soft plastic such as pet food pouches.
- Nail varnish bottles.
- Shampoo bottles that haven’t been rinsed.