Quick tips to help you start recycling today!

Feeling inspired to give your waste a green makeover? We’ve got a number of tips to help you get started today.

Keep It On Your Mind

Please make sure your brown bin is located somewhere you’ll see it every day. That way, you’ll remind yourself to recycle more. The best place is to put it next to your general waste bin so you can easily sort out rubbish quickly.

Take Advantage of kerbside collection service

Barking and Dagenham Council offers a kerbside mixed recycling collection. Take advantage! We’ll do all the messy work; all you have to do is to fill your brown bin, close it properly and take it down to the kerb.

Make recycling part of your routine

Add recycling to an already existing part of your daily routine. If you know there’s a bottle bank at your local supermarket, take your empty glass bottles with you when you go shopping. If you pass by a glass-recycling brink bin on the way to work, throw away some of those glass jars. Before you know it, it’ll be a key part of your routine.

The bathroom contains so many things that can be recycled

Shampoo and shower gel bottles often get forgotten and thrown out with the rest of the rubbish, but they can be recycled. Next time you come to the end of the bottle, rinse it out whilst you’re in the shower and drop it into the recycling bin. If you’ve got space, why not pop a recycling bin in your bathroom for empty bottles and toilet?

Encourage your colleagues at work

Your co-workers might not have jumped on the recycling band wagon just yet, but you can make it fun by turning it into a competition between teams. Let staff know what happens to the paper and cans they recycle, and you can encourage recycling in the workplace.

Get the kids involved

Recycling can be fun and educational. Introduce recycling games, crafts and even day trips to your kids, so that they can see how important it is to the world they live in. Make it a family resolution to recycle more, and adopt a positive attitude to recycling that shows your children just how important it is.

Keep a bag

Keep a separate bag or a space in a cupboard in the kitchen for storing the recycling as you go. It also makes it easy to take things out to the recycling bins that way.

Choose recycled

In addition to buying recycled goods, keep a keen eye out for recyclable goods. Whenever you purchase something packaged, think about how you can reuse the packaging, return it to a shipping store for reuse, or try to otherwise recycle it.

If you get something likely to run down or wear out over time, such as an electronic component, give preference to the model that can be easily upgraded or fixed so you don’t have to bin the whole thing if one part breaks. Have you heard of “monstrous hybrids”? These are products that have been manufactured in such a complicated way that they’re often unrecyclable and unfixable if something goes wrong.

Recycle on the go

Seek out public recycling bins at sports stadiums, public parks and beaches. Can’t find one? Stash your recyclables in a plastic bag and bring them back to your home bin. This will not only increase the amount you recycle but it can help cut down on litter, too.


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