How to Recycle
The UK households simply create too much waste to be separated, sorted and recycled by the waste collection and disposal centres. For that reason each person should do their part of the job if we want to prevent the entire country from turning into one big landfill. But first and foremost, every household should learn to minimize waste.
Reducing waste is not as difficult as it may seem. Most of the household waste consists of organic waste such as waste food and packaging. Organic waste is not as environmentally damaging and can be easily solved with composting for instance. A greater challenge is packaging which seems to be unavoidable and is typically made of non-biodegradable materials such as plastic which does not decompose for centuries. But on the other hand, the products will continue to come with environmentally-unfriendly packaging as long as the customers will continue to buy them. The more people will choose products with eco-friendly or minimal packaging the more manufacturers will offer their products with more environmentally-friendly packaging or at least reduce its amounts. Try to search for greener companies for business gas or use renewable energy sources such as these log burners or wood burning stoves where possible. For that reason the influence of an individual should be never underestimated.
Just as important is to buy smart, especially when purchasing products you intend to use for a longer period such as electronics and electric appliances because it is often better to spend more to save more. Quality products do not only work better but they typically also last longer. However, quality products do not only help save money in the long run but also help reduce the amount of waste because cheaply made products end up in trash bins a lot earlier.
It is impossible not to create any waste but all the things that are not needed any more do not necessarily have to end up in the waste bin. Things that are still useful such as old toys, clothing, shoes, etc. can be sold or donated as well as reused in million ways. But when you do throw things away, it is crucial to make sure that they all do not end up in the ordinary waste bin.
Before starting to sort and separate waste according to different materials, check with your local authorities if there are any special requirements, and which waste materials are collected and which need to be brought to the local waste collection or disposal centres. Separating and sorting rubbish into separate bins may be a bit confusing at first and it may take some time to figure out where a particular item should be disposed. However, when you do figure out where a certain waste material belongs, recycling will become your second skin and your ordinary bin will be almost empty because the majority of household waste materials are recyclable or reusable.