Think Green: By South Holland District Council’s waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins
We all know recycling your waste is great but how can these helpful habits be used at home? Recycling doesn’t have to be a chore – follow some handy tips so you can become a top recycler too.
If you haven’t got a recycling bin in the kitchen already, make a little space for one. This makes sorting your rubbish simple. You could also print a list of what you can and can’t recycle off from our website and stick it on your fridge so you don’t have to keep checking what to put in.
To try and make it easier for our residents our green bags have items that can and can’t be accepted written on the side. This is handy if you forget, so please remember to read the side of your bag!
Don’t forget to recycle in the bathroom. Shampoo and shower gel bottles can be recycled after they have been washed out, so why not wash them out whilst you’re taking a shower – saving time and energy. It is also a good idea to have a small pedal bin for your recycling for your toilet rolls and bottles.
You can also ‘precycle’. By making smart choices when you are out shopping you can choose items with recyclable packaging, or buy in bulk to reduce the amount of waste you need to throw away.
Remember to make recycling fun. Ask your children (or grandchildren) to guess which bag certain items go into. If they get it right they could get a little reward. By making recycling a good habit now they are more likely to recycle in the future.
South Holland’s recycling rate is currently hovering around 30 per cent. If you follow these tips and make recycling a regular habit within your home you can help push this up further.
We would also like to welcome Dave Rodwell, pictured above, to the waste and recycling team. Dave has a wealth of experience out driving and loading on the recycling and refuse crews and will bring a new perspective to our team.