Recycling reduces landfill, conserves resources and minimises the amount of greenhouse gases created in the production of new materials.
Being careful to recycle the right items in the correct way will ensure the recycling process is as efficient as possible.
Your kerbside recycling bin can accept paper, cardboard and packaging containers made from plastic, liquid paper board (e.g. cartons), glass, steel and aluminium.
Place separate rubbish and recycling bins in each room of your house to help make recycling easy. If you don't have enough room for two bins, try a small box or container under the bench or in a cupboard to collect recycling.
Many items in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, lounge and study can be recycled.
Items don't need to be spotless but you do need to remove any food, like baked-on cheese and excessive oil from kitchen recyclables.
Never put your recycling in plastic bags – it won't be able to be sorted correctly so may end up in landfill.
Planet Ark's Recycling Near You site offers information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones.
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