This week is Recycle Week all over the UK and this year?s theme is ?recycling around the home?. We have all grown up with the mantra ?reduce, reuse, recycle? but how many of us actually practice this?
I?m sure everyone reading this has settled into a recycling routine; especially since there are green bins, black bins, brown bins and the rest. I for one know that our bin shed in our block of flats is more organised than a bin shed ever should be. We all know that the plastic bottle and food tin can be recycled, but is that all?
Did you know that the average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper every year?
A recent survey suggested that there are areas around the home that people need to get better at recycling in. Small reminders of what can be recycled are;
? Toothpaste boxes
? Toilet roll tubes
? Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles
? Shower gel containers
? Liquid soap bottles
? Bleach and bathroom cleaners
? Empty tissue boxes
? Old magazines
? Empty deodorant aerosols and hairspray
? Cardboard packaging from online shopping
? Washing-up liquid bottles
? Bleach and surface cleaner bottles - just remember to remove the trigger top!
? Washing liquid and conditioner bottles
? Aerosols tins of furniture polish and air fresheners
? Empty dishwasher tablet boxes and kitchen wrap boxes
Whilst reading up on recycling to write this blog post I came across so many statistics about just how big an impact the smallest efforts to recycle have. I wanted to share some of them here because they really opened my eyes to how big the impact of recycling is:
? If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year.
? It takes seven days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again.
? If one aluminium air freshener aerosol is recycled by everyone in the UK; enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 876,000 homes for a year.
? If everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.
Up to 60% of refuse that gets thrown into landfill could be recycled - do you think you recycle as much as you could?