We’re all trying to do our bit for the environment by recycling. But putting our plastic containers in the correct receptacle or taking glass to the bottle bank isn’t actually enough. Did you know you may be recycling incorrectly? Some of us overlook the important aspects of recycling, negating the good work we think we’re doing.
To help up your recycling game, we have put together this guide. G&S Waste Management Ltd is an experienced waste removal company specialising in rubbish clearance, including skip hire. Offering tailored rubbish removal, we help customers in the Barking and Basildon areas manage their waste more sustainably and, to date, we have recycled 96% of all the waste we’ve collected.
There’s so much more that can be done to ensure we reuse as many products and materials as possible.
Below, we look at ways to improve at-home recycling. Please explore our blog for more information and advice about waste handling and disposal. Topics include “what happens when landfill sites are full?” and “professional house clearances”.
The following waste removal tips will ensure your recycling is properly dealt with:
Make sure to clean empty containers before putting them in the recycling bin. It doesn’t take long to rinse out containers thoroughly and set them aside to dry before placing them in the recycling bin. Dirty plastics will only end up with general waste.
This can’t be recycled and should be removed from cardboard boxes. Our rubbish clearance experts advise keeping scissors or a craft knife near your recycling bin to do this as part of your rubbish removal routine.
Not all dark-coloured plastics can be recycled due to their pigment. We advise customers in the Barking area to bear this in mind when doing their shopping and to check labels on individual packets. If you do have a selection, separate them from other plastics.
Similarly, certain glass products – mirrors, for example - are not suitable for recycling either and should be carefully placed in your household bin. When placing suitable glass in the recycling bin, take care not to break it.
The majority of toiletry bottles can be recycled along with their caps and lids. Just make sure you clean the containers out properly in advance.
We cover this in another waste removal and skip hire blog. Be wary of hazardous waste and remain conscious of what you’re putting into both your Barking waste and recycling bins.
What you can put in your recycling bin varies between districts and councils, so it’s important to check the rules for your area. For rubbish clearances in Barking, the following can go in household recycling:
There are many items that can be recycled but cannot be put in a household recycling bin. You can take these items to your local recycling centre or tip. You can also find recycling bins for specific items in various locations, such as supermarket car parks and outside some shops.
Things you can recycle this way include:
If you have a lot of waste to clear, you might consider skip hire or a professional rubbish removal service.
Another way to minimise waste is through composting. Instead of tossing organic kitchen and garden waste into the regular bin, consider setting up a composting system. Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill and produces nutrient-rich compost that can be used in gardening or landscaping.
Furthermore, composting as much as possible helps reduce demand on waste removal vehicles that produce emissions.
For further information about how to recycle properly, contact us at G&S Waste Management. We are a SAFE-approved rubbish clearance company and registered Environment Agency Waste Carrier in the areas we cover, including Barking and the surrounding localities.
Formed in 2012, we have over ten years of experience in professional rubbish removal, waste clearance and skip hire. When it comes to recycling and waste management, there’s nothing we don’t know about getting it right!
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