Recycling in the UK
The average household in the UK creates over a tonne of waste each year, which is about the weight of a small car. Every year, the waste we produce increases by about 3%, which sounds insignificant, but it means that in 25 years, the amount of waste we produce will have doubled. The average person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every 7 weeks!
Every year, 18 million tonnes of waste is sent to a UK landfill site.
Other countries recycle a lot more than we do. Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany recycle around 60% of their waste, compared with our rate of around 45%
The problems of handling mountains of waste could appear overwhelming, but experts note there are very easy methods for customers to make a difference every day.
- Buy screwdrivers, nails as well as various other hardware tools and items in loose containers not in packages. At the grocery store, pick produce that is not in prepackaged containers.
- Bring your own bag. Reuse bags and containers. Maintain a supply of bags accessible for future buying trips, or take your very own canvas shoulder bag to the supermarket.
- Consider concentrated detergent. Concentrated products commonly require less product packaging, causing much less energy to transport to the store as well as less plastic to recycle.
- Choose to reuse. Buy reusable products such as fabric napkins, sponges or dishcloths rather than paper towels.
- Recharge and renew. Usage rechargeable batteries and recycle old batteries to help reduce rubbish and also maintain harmful metals out of the environment.
- Get clever. Try to find lasting, energy-saving appliances with the Energy Star labels as well as electronic equipment with great guarantees.
- Get smart. Reuse scrap paper as well as envelopes. Save and reuse ribbons, tissue paper, present boxes as well as wrapping paper. Save cardboard boxes, colored paper, egg cartons and various other products for arts and crafts jobs.
- Think thrifty. Give away clothes to charity shops or sell the items in fairs or jumble sales. Likewise, share passed down clothes with relatives as well as next-door neighbours.
If you need any advice regarding removal of waste, please don’t hesitate to get in touch