Recycling is not the answer to our waste problems. But recycling will only work if it is undertaken correctly and the waste finds its way into the correct recycling stream. Recycling should always be seen as the last resort rather than a justification for using the material in the first place.
In order to solve the plastic pollution problem we must first start refusing and reducing the single use plastic we use. To make a difference this must come from the source, the creators - if your bath was overflowing you would first turn off the tap before dealing with the flood.
However, in the next few years plastic production is set to continue to rise. As consumers we must change our habits and refuse this plastic. Large companies tell us they produce what the consumer desires. So we must tell them that we don't want single use plastic packaging that will often only end up in landfill or the incinerator. Write to your preferred supermarket to add your voice to the campaign. You will find key addresses on our Write for Change page.
If we then have to recycle, it needs to be done correctly for it to make a difference.
All recycling should be washed and dry before putting it in to our green recycling bin. If you are unsure if an item can be recycled, click the link below for a list. Print it out and keep it handy in the kitchen.
We were delighted to welcome Sallie from Charnwood Council to the Village Hall to tell us the key messages when recycling:
Check the item can be recycled. If it can't, put it in the black bin.
Wash it and dry it. Bottles with liquid in are thrown away as there is no way of knowing what the liquid is. Wet items can ruin some materials leaving them unrecyclable.
Don't be the one to contaminate the load. If a truck load shows signs of being dirty it will ALL be diverted to landfill. Common items that contaminate the trucks are dirty nappies and food waste.
Many items that can't go in the green bin can be recycled in other ways. Check out our Avoid Landfill page for more information.