How to make recycling part of your everyday life

Reducing waste is one of the most direct ways we can all help protect the environment, but some waste is inevitable – so the next thing to do is recycle as much household waste as possible.

To do this, it’s smart to make recycling part of your everyday life, so that nothing goes to landfill that doesn’t need to.

Here are ten quick and easy ways to tweak your lifestyle so you recycle as much domestic waste as possible, without spending too much extra time and effort on doing so.

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Aluminium can recycling could hit 85% by 2020

An aluminium can recycling rate of 85% could be achieved by 2020 using the existing system, according to a report from aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro.

The deadline – which has been used as a landmark date in many environmental initiatives for the past decade or more – is now just two years away, but the organisation believes an 85% recycling rate is a realistic level for the end of this decade, rising further to hit 90% by 2030.

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Recycled plastic could supply over 70% of UK demand

The UK’s plastic recycling market is not well developed – just 9% of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled within the UK itself, while two thirds is exported for processing overseas.

But the Green Alliance says this could change if secondary markets were developed to support the quantities of plastic waste generated within the UK.

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