Recycling: Helping you with fortnightly bin collections.
In May 2017 (this year) Plymouth City Council introduced an alternate weekly bin collection system. This means that Plymouth residents will see their recycling collected one week, and their non-recyclable rubbish the next.
Many areas of the country have already successfully introduced and implemented this type of collection. These changes by the Council are thought to inspire an increase in recycling, which in turn, will protect the environment and reduce costs.
Considering these recent changes, we thought it would be a good idea to look at three ways on how you can improve your own recycling, helping to reduce your waste and adapt to a fortnightly bin collection. And it’s not just for you as a homeowner, as your efforts will also have a positive impact on reducing landfill and creating an eco-friendly environment.
Think before you pick up the easy option. Nowadays some fruit and vegetables are packaged in plastic trays with an outer packaging on top. Instead, why not pick up the loose cauliflower, rather than the shrink wrapped one. Buying from market stalls or farmers markets will see you using much less packaged products, which is not only good for saving waste but is also great for small business and the local economy.
If what you need to buy will unavoidably have to have some sort of packaging or container, then try and buy the products which are recycling friendly. Most recyclable packaging now has the recycling symbol embossed on the side, which means most of it or even all of it can go into your recycling bin.
If you really want to get serious about reducing your waste and going green, then why not start growing your own!? You don’t have to be a seasoned pro to start growing your own. If you’ve got some outdoor space and you do a little research into what’s needed, what grows best in which environments and seasons, then you’ll reap the rewards of growing your own!
Reduce Food Waste
Use left overs: Even if you don’t need it the next day. Freeze it and label it. You never know when that last piece of lasagne will make a quick and easy meal on a busy day or at the end of the month when money can be tight.
Use helpful gadgets and apps: There are several apps for meal planning and recipes. Tesco have even made this smart tool to help inspire you to use your left overs or the odds and ends that are sat in the fridge unloved! Why not try the app now?
Shop smart: Plan your meals! All it takes is a five or ten-minute sit down to work out what you want to eat during that week. By doing this you are more likely to only buy what you need and not over buy, potentially wasting food.
Trust your senses: Try not to get so hung up on sell by/use by dates! We are all guilty of throwing out things when they’re a day or two past their use by date, but, are they really that spoiled!?
Share the love: If you do find yourself with food which you are not going to use then why not donate it to a food bank?
There is some food waste such as peelings which you are not going to want to eat, and... this leads us nicely onto our next topic!
Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste. On top of this, it also produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver!
Although councils offer green waste collections, interestingly the Royal Horticultural Society encourages home composting. This is because home composting doesn’t involve heavy transport, which as a result is better for the environment.
Composting is done all year round, typically processed as and when suitable materials are generated in the garden or home. However, late summer to early winter is the peak time for making compost.
You can find out more about how to set up your home composting by using this quick guide by the Royal Horticultural Society.
We hope that these three tips help to inspire change in the way you think and act about recycling. Following just one or two of these steps will see you experiencing a much better outcome in the home. Reducing waste and being healthier to the environment isn’t as hard as it sounds, and as a bonus, you’ll wave goodbye to bin day dramas in your back lane.