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Join in with Recycle Week 2019 by making these simple changes

by Gemma Melling

We can all make a difference this Recycle Week (23-29 Sept) by taking action to recycle more and supporting Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment 2019.

Recycling can help us solve some of our biggest environmental problems, including the damage caused to our planet by the over-use of plastics.

The theme of this Recycle Week is ‘Recycling. It’s in our own hands’, and it is highlighting the small steps we can all take to recycle more – and giving us some tips to help reduce our use of single-use plastics.

Can I recycle more?

There may be some common household items which end up in the maroon bin when they could be recycled. Here are just a few:

Perfume and aftershave bottles – these can be recycled in your grey bin. It helps if you can take the top off and rinse the perfume and aftershave bottles before popping them in.

Plastic or glass medicine bottles – these can also go in the grey bin as long as they are empty.  Please refer to you pharmacy with regards to disposing of medication safely.  Always ensure that the bottle is rinsed out before disposal.

Plastic pesticide or garden feed bottles – these can go into the recycling bin, but remember if the plastic container contained hazardous chemicals please follow the instructions regarding rinsing and disposal.

Cardboard egg cartons – as long as they’re clean and don’t have any food or grease stains, they can go in the grey bin.

But don’t put these items in the grey bin…

Pringle-type snack tubes – even though these look like they’re made of cardboard and should be recyclable – they’re not. These tubes are usually made of a combination of cardboard, plastic lid, metal bottom and insulated with a fine film of aluminium.  These cannot be separated to be recycled.

Other types of paper products – for example used cotton wool can’t be recycled and neither can J-cloth kitchen wipes as these may be stained with food or dirt. Remember only clean cardboard is recyclable. Look out for stains such as grease, food, paint, dirt, etc – please put this contaminated paper in your normal waste bin.

Plastic bags – please do not be tempted to put you recycling in a plastic bag and then into the recycling bin.  These items cannot be separated out of the carrier bags to be recycled.

For more information about all things recycling visit the Recycle Right website.

Challenge yourself to cut down on single-use plastics this Recycle Week

We’ve all heard about the damage our over-use of plastics is having on the environment. So here’s some top tips to help you ditch the plastic.

  • Use re-useable coffee cups – some coffee shops will also offer a discount to customers using reusable cups.
  • Try shampoo bars – they look similar to standard soap, but have more ingredients that are beneficial to hair.
  • Say no to plastic straws – when you’re ordering a drink from a café or restaurant, or think about purchasing your own stainless steel or glass straw.
  • Download the ‘Refill’ app and find out where to fill up your water bottle for free.
  • Use a bar of soap instead of liquid soap in a plastic bottle.
  • Use bio-degradable dog poo bags.
  • Use washable cups in the workspace and for meetings rather than disposable ones.
  • Choose laundry detergent in cardboard boxes rather than plastic bottles.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood said: “Plastic is everywhere in modern life, so it’s very difficult to avoid altogether. However some single-use plastic items are unnecessary and some very simple changes of habit can help us reduce the amount of plastic waste we throw away and better protect the environment.

“Reducing our use of plastics, as well as recycling whenever we can means we can all make a difference during Recycle Week.”