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5 Easy ways to kick off your New Year's recycling resolution

02 January 2020

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to recycle more? Then read on to discover 5 easy things you can do to help ensure you’re doing your bit to reduce waste.

1)    Find out which materials are recyclable 

Do you ever throw something away just because you’re not sure that it can be recycled? It’s surprising how much we can recycle nowadays so before you pop anything in the bin, have a quick check on the packaging to see if you can recycle it. Most containers provide the information but if you’re not sure, check your local authority’s website. 

2)   Take waste to your local recycling centre

If your kerb-side recycling service can’t accept certain items that can be recycled simply because they don’t yet have the technology, save up the items and take them to a trusted local recycling company who will be able to help. You and your neighbours can club together and take it in turns to go (doing it together will also cut down on car journeys – bonus!). 

3)    Keep a recycling bin upstairs

Let’s face it, we can all be a bit lazy. So, to help ensure you recycle even on the laziest of days, pop a recycling bin upstairs as well as a general rubbish one. That way you can put empty toilet roll holders, product packaging, cardboard clothes tags etc, into the recycling bin instead of throwing them away with your general waste when you’re feeling a bit lazy. 

4)    Recycle your WEEE

No, that’s not a typo! WEEE, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, is anything powered by a plug or battery and is an important source of reusable materials. So, when your old fridge, washing machine or hairdryer no longer works, don’t throw it away with your usual household waste. Instead, contact a professional recycling company who will dispose of it for you in a responsible and sustainable way. 

5)    Don’t throw away old clothes

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors of carbon emissions in the world, accounting for over 8% of global climate impact – that’s more than all international airline and maritime shipping trips combined! You can easily help reduce this figure by stopping the practice of fast fashion and instead buy quality clothing that will last; shop at charity shops, swap clothes with friends and take old, worn out clothing (yes, even old underwear) to your local clothing bank. You can find your nearest W&S clothes bank here


W&S is one of the leading recycling companies in the UK, offering a comprehensive range of sustainable services including plastic, paper, glass and WEEE recycling for both private homes and businesses. To find out more about our services, or if you have questions about how you can recycle more this new year, contact our friendly team today on 01202 675564.

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