Nearly 40 percent of the 23 million tons of household waste produced in England in 2009/10 was sent for recycling, composting or reuse, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This represented a 235 percent increase in household recycling since 2000/01. If you don't currently recycle any of your rubbish, you'll soon be in a minority, so it might be time to start doing your small bit for the environment.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Contact your local council to find out if it runs a kerbside recycling collection scheme. Many local authorities pick up recyclable waste from residential addresses for free, while others encourage homeowners to split their rubbish into separate bins for the purpose of recycling before it's picked up by refuse collectors. If your council runs a kerbside collection, you'll typically be provided with either boxes or bags to place your recycling in. You'll then be required to sort your household waste into glass, tin and cardboard and paper and leave it out for collection on a specified day either every week or bi-weekly. You should wash any containers you want to recycle before leaving them out for collection.
Take your household waste to a local recycling centre. Again, you'll need to contact your local authority to find out where your nearest one is. You'll be required to sort your waste into categories and will need a vehicle. If you accumulate empty glass bottles each week, you should be able to find a glass recycling centre in the car park of one of your local supermarkets. When using these, you'll need to split your bottles depending on whether they're made of clear or green glass.
Invest in a composter if you have a large garden. Mix food waste with paper and cardboard and let it mulch down over time. Once it's fermented, you'll be able to spread the resultant compost over your flower beds and lawn. You can pick composters up relatively cheaply from home and garden stores and online. You can even buy composter covers if you don't want yours spoiling the aesthetics of your garden.
Install a grey water system at your property. You'll need the help of a water systems company, and will have to pay for the pleasure. A grey water system collects waste from your diswasher, washing machine, bath, sinks and basins and recycles it. Recycled grey water can be used for flushing toilets and watering gardens. It can even be put back through washing machines, if this appeals to you.
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