We’re all getting much better at recycling. Here’s some recycling tips can help you go even further.
www.brownbin.ie , a website jointly funded by Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government is a handy toolkit for families to learn what food to recycle and how to recycle their bio-waste correctly and reduce their waste bill. The website has a wealth of information including questions and answers on a range of food waste topics and details of waste collectors operating across the country.
Freetradeireland.ie is a free online reuse service which allows users to pass on unwanted items for free. Since the National launch in July 2010 members in the region have achieved an estimated €1.5million in savings and over 15,000 items have been reused. This means that approximately 267tonnes of material was diverted from landfill. Do you have things in your house which are in good condition, but you no longer need?
Other helpful advice:
- Make space next to your rubbish bin for a recycle bin and kitchen caddy, then it’s as simple to recycle as it is to throw away
- Many supermarkets have bring banks, so make your weekly shopping trip your recycling trip too. You’ll save on time and fuel.
- Keep your cardboard and paper clean and dry. Flatten cardboard boxes and fold used paper rather than scrunching it up. It takes up less space in recycling bins.
- Use reusable boxes or bags for collecting your glass recyclables and bringing them to the bottle bank. Separate glass by colour for bottle banks – clear, green and brown.
- Make sure tins and cans are washed, rinsed and squashed with the lids placed inside. This makes more room in your recycling bin.
- Make sure aluminium food trays are washed and any food is removed. Squash the tray, if there is more than one tray, squash them together.
- Make sure your plastic bottles are washed, rinsed and squashed with the lids removed.
- Wrap food waste in old newspapers before putting it in your brown bin - this keeps flies away and stops your bin from smelling.
- Bring your old batteries and electrical items to a recycling centre or a shop that collects them.