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Recycling at Home

The week that runs from the 22nd of June to 28th is scheduled to be a national Recycling Week. The annual event, which is now in its fifth year, is organised by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) in partnership with the leading materials recycling organisations, British Glass, Corus, Novelis, PaperChain and Recoup.  Recycle Week is also supported by the national recycling campaigns in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, together with a growing number of local authorities. As you might expect, the week is all about drawing people’s attention to the need to recycle whilst showcasing real achievements and also to give ideas about how we might go about doing it in a way that fits comfortably into our daily lives. With its tagline of “Lets Waste Less”, the great thing about Recycling Week is that it is actually a campaign that wants you to do less rather than more- so no excuses!

Getting involved is extremely easy as even the smallest of things add up to a big environmental effect. Anything from re-using carrier bags, recycling old electrical items (e.g. toasters, table lamps), reducing food waste to home composting can really make some difference when you consider the accumulative effect and as a bonus you could even end up saving a bit of money in the process.

Those good souls behind Recycle Week have conveniently drawn up a list of pledges for you to- all of which are easy to stick to- which aim to show you just how easy it is to start recycling and hopefully once the week has ended keep it up. The pledges go:

I pledge to recycle all my cartons

I pledge to recycle all my glass

I pledge to recycle all my newspapers and magazines

I pledge to sort and recycle my old electrical items

I pledge to re-use my carrier bags

I pledge to use my leftovers to make delicious lunches

I pledge to choose peat-free compost

I pledge to recycle drinks bottles and cans when I am out and about

I pledge to look out for the new ‘Recycle’ packaging labels

I pledge to home-compost my kitchen and garden waste

I pledge to go waste free for a day

I pledge to donate/recycle my unwanted clothes and fabrics (i.e. ready made curtains, pillowcases etc)

Simple little changes will make a big difference in how easy you find it to keep up your new routine long term. For example, making a space for a recycling container next to your normal kitchen bin will make recycling as easy as binning. Purchasing some Tupperware containers will give you something you can safely store leftovers in. Establishing a routine to your recycling can also make it much easier to keep up. Make a visit to a bottle, can or other type of recycling bank part of your routine – most supermarkets have recycling facilities so you can drop each time you shop.

In the meantime, anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with developments to do with the week should log onto www.recyclenowpartners.org.uk and register to receive regular news updates on Recycle Week 2008.

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