3. Get local knowledge
Recycling schemes across the UK vary from one local authority area to another. This is because central government has allowed local authorities to create their own schemes rather than impose a national system. This makes any messaging about recycling difficult for manufacturers and retailers. The government has recently indicated that it wants to change this and bring in more consistency, but this will take time as many local authorities are tied into long term local contracts.
In the meantime, the best thing to do is visit this website and discover exactly what your council will collect. Please do try to stick to these target materials as putting additional things in the recycling (even if you think they should be recycled) will contaminate the collected materials causing more cost and waste.
4. Make some swaps
It is possible that you could make some simple swaps in your shopping routine that will reduce the amount of waste being burnt or dumped into holes in the ground. For instance, very few recycling centres accept black plastic trays because the sorting systems can not recognise them. Black plastic is used because shoppers like the way meat and other products look when packaged in it so simple changes in consumer behaviour could result in this type of plastic being phased out.
5. Give it a Rinse
Everything that you put in the recycling bins ends up at a recycling centre where much of it is sorted by hand. It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to think about the smelly state containers full of food waste will reach having been left lying around for a period of time. Your recycling doesn’t have to be pristine clean but giving it a quick rinse will make recycling easier and life slightly more pleasant for those doing the sorting