April can be a busy month in the garden – the clock change means more daylight in the evenings at long last, while the weather can be a mix of sunshine and showers that comes as both a challenge and as the kickstart for all kinds of flowers to come into bloom.
Whether you see it as a challenge or a chore, recycling food packaging waste is a growing part of everyday life for most households.
Nearly all households recycle plastics at home and many of us have become much more aware of how many plastic bags we use since the charge for single-use carrier bags came into force – but how many of us have thought about bread bag recycling before?
Let’s be honest, we all love making New Year’s resolutions, although we’re not always so good at sticking to them. Here are some that you can hopefully make a long-term part of your life, and how they can save you money month after month.
1. Shop smarter
If you always buy everything from one shop or supermarket, take the time to try some of the others near you – you’ll be amazed at the differences in price for identical items, especially in discount stores and £1 shops.
If you’ve ever had a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day, you’ve already done some Christmas recycling of sorts, but with so many materials and so much extra Christmas waste, what else can be saved, reused or recycled over the festive season?
At a time when we’re all trying to do more to protect the environment, a national celebration of burning things and sending explosions skywards is probably not the most eco-friendly date on the calendar – in fact, November 5th is one of the worst nights of the year for air pollution.
However, there are steps you can take to reduce your personal impact on the amount of harmful smoke released into the atmosphere, without having to abandon the festivities completely – here are a few ideas.
The list of household recycling questions goes on and on. Can you recycle plastic food trays? Or greaseproof paper? Envelopes with windows? Paper with a shiny foil coating? Do you have to rinse it, separate it, put the lid back on? Just how many types of recyclable plastic ARE there?
Many of us would like to think we do our best when it comes to recycling, whether at home or in the workplace – but do you really know what can go in your recycling bins?
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.
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.