Rubbish is expensive to get rid of and damages the environment, and the UK is fast running out of landfill space to bury our unwanted waste in. Help reduce the amount of waste that you have to throw away by recycling wherever possible.
Top tips on recycling
- Recycle (almost) everything
- Take re-usable unwanted clothes, shoes, books, toys and so on to a charity shop.
- Try and avoid using new plastic bags and if you do have plastic bags, reuse them as much as possible. Many retailers now offer re-usable cotton or organic bags at a reasonable cost. Some charities collect unwanted tools, others collect old spectacles computers and so on.
- Re-use bags and glass jars or containers. Recycle newspapers, glass, tins, foil, batteries and aluminium cans either using the kerbside collection or by taking them to bottle banks.
- As biodegradable waste which breaks down without air in landfill sites is a big contributor of the greenhouse gas methane, one of the best ways of reducing your impact on the climate is to use a compost heap or bin to compost plants and your biodegradable kitchen waste and so on which will break down and eventually provide you with free compost to use in your garden. Keeping kitchen waste out of your grey bin will also help keep it clean.
- You must take fluorescent tubes to waste and recycling centres.
- Take engine oil, paint and chemicals to waste and recycling centres. Never tip them into drains as this pollutes watercourses and damages wildlife.
Love Food Hate Waste
Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign the reduce the 8.3 million tonnes of food thrown away by households in the UK every year, which costs the average family with children £680 a year and has serious environmental implications too.
If we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.
Don’t throw it away, Freecycle it
Freecycle for Bromsgrove is a community led service that allows you to reuse items for free rather than throw them away. It’s a bit like eBay but without using money.
Give unwanted furniture to Newstarts
Newstarts re-uses household goods and furniture, rather than see them sent to the tip. Goods and furniture which someone may wish to dispose of could provide a lifeline to many people who cannot afford to buy new. They may collect your goods.