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Recycling Tips for Global Recycling Day

It’s Global Recycling Day today: a relatively new awareness day, created in 2018 to help recognise and celebrate the importance recycling plays in securing the future of our planet.

Did you know the average UK household creates over a tonne of waste each year? That’s about the weight of a small car! As specialist providers of renewable energy, we here at Griff believe in the power of recycling. So much so that we’re offering you our top recycling tips for ways to cut waste and help protect the planet.

  1. Know What You Can and Can’t Recycle

You know the basics, bottles go in one bin, cardboard boxes go in the other, but what about crisp packets (not currently recyclable) or aerosol cans like the kind your deodorant comes in (recyclable with other metal waste)? If there’s something you’re not sure how to recycle visit the “What To Do With…” page on the Recycle Now website.

  1. Learn About Lightbulbs

LED Lightbulbs are great for the planet for a number of different reasons. Not only do they last longer than traditional lightbulbs, and help you save money on your energy bills, they’re also completely recyclable. Other ‘incandescent’ bulbs aren’t recyclable and should be thrown away in your rubbish bin

  1. Put Down that Pizza Box

Nobody would blame you for thinking you could recycle a simple cardboard pizza box, but you might be surprised to find out that the grease on these containers can’t actually be removed. This causes defects in new products made from recycled cardboard, making them unusable.

  1. Leave the Lid On

Did you know you can leave the metal lids on glass jars, or the caps on the tops of bottles, when you are recycling them? Glass processors can actually separate these two recyclable materials with ease. Many people think they’re doing the right thing by throwing bottle tops and lids away with general waste, but this often results in perfectly recyclable items ending up in landfills.

  1. Keep the Chemicals Away

Be mindful when going to recycle items like paint tins or engine oil cans as these items may appear recyclable but should actually be thrown away with general waste. This is because the residual chemicals in them (even when rinsed) can damage the machinery at your local recycling centre.

On top of your recycling and looking for other ways to contribute to a greener planet? Consider installing renewable energy systems in your home such as solar panels and solar power batteries! Contact us today for a free home solar panel assessment.


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