Updated: Feb 15
I thought I was good at recycling until a couple of weeks ago. Turns out I really am not that good at it. There is a whole world of recycling going on out there that I did not know about. I feel slightly embarrassed!
To start with the school my children go to have a few recycling boxes in reception. I'd not studied them until last week! I'm never normally around long enough. The school takes crisp packets, foil, batteries, plastic bottle tops and glasses. How simple is that! I don't even have to make another trip anywhere and I can do extra recycling! You can find local drop off points using this website;
I also didn't realise that other types of plastic can be recycled in with plastic carrier bags. I have been looking at recycling information on packaging almost obsessively for over a week now...and absolutely loved this helpful label on our Quorn pack. It's so clear and obvious that it can be recycled, and easily so there will be local options for most people to get it recycled. It will now go in with my carrier bags that I take for recycling now that I have to have them for Supermarket deliveries!
This CO-OP packaging on a pack of tortilla wraps is also really nice and clear. The recycling instructions need to be simple! I do not have 10 minutes to try and work out what to do with each piece of packaging that is generated by our household. My head would explode!
The pack of Ecover Dishwasher Tablets I opened last week was very unclear on what should be done with the outer wrapper. After 10 minutes on Google I still wasn't sure. It seems it can be recycled but maybe not everywhere...so I'll pop it in my local council recycling wheelie bin and hope it ends up being recycled. Here's hoping it doesn't contaminate the whole recycling steam.
Another revelation this week was the long list of which plastic waste types Morrisons will take with carrier bags for recycling! Its along list that I need to print out and keep on my fridge;
Plastic Carrier Bags, Plastic bread bags, Plastic cereal bags and inner cereal bags, Plastic wrappers and ring joiners from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles, Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towel packs, Plastic freezer bags, Plastic magazine and newspaper wrap (type used for home delivery only), Thin bags used for fruit and veg at supermarkets, Bubble wrap, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - resin ID code 4, Flexible plastic multi-pack can holders/rings.
Are you recycling as much as you could?