Recycle Week is an annual campaign that aims to educate and encourage people to take action with their recycling and make a positive impact on the environment. This year, Recycle Now’s main campaign was centred around discovering hidden household treasures that are not commonly known to be recyclable. So, in support of Recycle Now, we delved into the world of recycling and unveiled some common household products that often go unnoticed but can be recycled, on our social channels.
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Before we dive into the world of lesser-known recyclable items, let’s talk about the indispensable tool we have for proper recycling – Recycle Now. This initiative, run by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK, aims to educate and inspire individuals to recycle more effectively. Their website is a treasure trove of information, offering guidance on what can be recycled, where to recycle, and even offering tips for reducing waste. To make Recycle Week 2023 a continued success, head to their website and explore the vast resources they offer.
Hidden Household Heroes That Can Be Recycled:
- Aerosol Cans: Often used for deodorant, hairspray, and cleaning products, aerosol cans are made of steel or aluminium. Empty cans can be placed in your recycling bin, ensuring they don’t end up in a landfill.
- Corks: The stoppers from your wine bottles can be recycled. Many cork recycling programs turn these into various products, from flooring to gaskets and more. Alternatively, they can be composted.
- Shoes: Old, worn-out shoes are recyclable. Look for shoe recycling programs or drop-off locations where your shoes can be repurposed or turned into new materials.
- CDs and DVDs: As technology advances, these optical discs have become obsolete for many. However, they are recyclable. Check your local e-waste recycling centre or programs that accept CDs and DVDs.
- Broken Ceramics: While intact ceramics like dishes or mugs are often non-recyclable if they break, the fragments can be used for various purposes, including art projects, so don’t throw them away.
- Old Electronics Accessories: Chargers, cables, and earphones tend to accumulate over time. You can recycle them through e-waste programs, or consider donating them to organizations that refurbish old electronics.
Recycle Week is a fantastic opportunity to kickstart your recycling journey and discover the many hidden gems in your home that can be recycled. However, recycling is not a one-time affair; it’s a lifestyle. Beyond this week, commit to keep recycling these items and try to pay attention to updated labels on food packaging, hygiene products and cosmetics.
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So, join the movement, make a positive impact on the environment, and let every week be a Recycle Week in your household. Together, we can work towards a greener, more sustainable future.