The first step to being as waste free as possible is to ensure that you recycling everything you can using your kerbside recycle bins.
We have two recycling wheelie bins and two recycling black boxes. At first we didn’t realise that you could have more than one of each, it is really useful to have this extra recycling capacity – especially at high waste times such as Christmas.
In our area there are the items we have been able to recycle for quite a while:
- Plastic Bottles
- Glass Jars and Bottles
- Tin Cans and Drinks Cans
- Magazines, Newspapers, Paper and Envelopes
But as well as these commonly recycled items, we can also put the following in our kerbside bins:
- Foil and foil trays
- Greetings cards and wrapping paper (not foil type)
- Aerosol cans
- Metal biscuit & sweet tins
- Clothes, Shoes, Handbags & Belts
- Curtains, Sheets, Blankets & Duvet Covers
- Plastic Pots & Trays such as yoghurt pots and fruit punnets/meat trays
- Food & Drink cartons – passata, orange juice, oat milk etc
- Brown paper, Shredded Paper.
You can also pay to have garden waste taken away.
Take a look at your local authority website to see what your area takes and how many bins you can have. Just ensuring all items that can be recycled kerbside are, will make a big difference to the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.