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When it comes to recycling there is a litany of information available to us, but sometimes it can be confusing or misleading. In a recent WRAP study, it was identified that two thirds of households (66%) express uncertainty about how to correctly dispose of one or more items. At a time when the world needs action, it’s important that households, local authorities, waste management companies, schools, manufacturers and retailers are doing everything they can to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as they can.
We also learned that almost half (49%) of UK households dispose of one or more items in the residual bin that are in fact collected for recycling in their area. Furthermore, just over two thirds (68%) of UK households add one or more items to their recycling collection that are not accepted locally. With this in mind, we wanted to put together a detailed guide to help you decipher what can and can’t go into your recycling bins. Maybe this article will make a small bit of difference, so please feel free to pass it on to friends and colleagues.
To get started, here’s a list of items which are often mistakenly included in recycling. These items must be added to your general waste bin:
· Laminated foil pouches such as baby food or coffee packaging
· Drinking glasses and glass cookware such as Pyrex dishes
· Dirty or stained paper
· Greetings cards with glitter on them
· Nail varnish bottles
· Crisp packets
We’ll admit, we were definitely unsure about a couple of items on this list. With so many similar materials, it’s hard to understand that a wine glass or Pyrex dish cannot be recycled in our glass bins, but these are made from toughened glass which contains chemicals and therefore cannot be recycled together with glass bottles and jars as they have a higher melting point.
Even though some of these items cannot be recycled in your household bins, you may be able to recycle them locally at dedicated recycling points, such as at supermarkets. It’s always worth checking!
Now, onto the things we can recycle and some handy tips on what shouldn’t be included.
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