Get recycling

You can cut the amount of waste you send to landfill and help slow down global warming by making a few really simple changes around your home and garden.

Why recycle?

Sending rubbish to landfill is harmful to the environment. And making new cans, tins, paper, plastic, etc uses a lot of energy and resources. Did you know the energy saved by recycling one aluminium drink can is enough to run a television for three hours or that 70% less energy is needed to recycle paper, compared with making it from raw materials?* A great deal of waste that most people throw away could be recycled and it's really easy for you to start doing your bit.

What waste can be recycled?

What can be recycleNewspapers, magazines, cardboard, paper, plastics, and all colours of glass can be recycled. So can steel and aluminium cans, and - in some places - drinks cartons.

Depending on where you live, you could have all of these things collected from your home. All you need to do is separate your recycling from your other rubbish and get it ready for collection. If there's no collection in your area, a lot of supermarkets now have "bring" sites where you can dispose of your recycling yourself - just take it with you when you do your shopping.

Your local council will also have facilities for recycling other items around the house. Print cartridges, mobile phones, computers, batteries and other electrical items can all be recycled. So before you bin it, check to see how easy recycling could be.

Make your own compost

Millions of tonnes of garden waste are sent to landfill sites each year. As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted rather than sent to landfill*. Making compost is a great way to cut the amount of waste your home produces. Composting your kitchen and garden waste can also save you money at the garden centre, not to mention getting all your plants and flowers looking lovely.

Your quick composting guide

Your quick composting guideIt's easy to get started with composting - all you need is a compost bin. Once you've got one, a good mix of kitchen and garden waste will give you great compost, just make sure that everything you put in it is biodegradable (i.e. it will rot). Meat isn't a good idea, but you can compost loads of other things, including fruit and veg peelings, tea bags, egg shells, grass cuttings, autumn leaves, hedge clippings and even rabbit and hamster bedding.

To get started:

  • The compost should have contact with the soil, otherwise organisms in the soil will not have contact with the pile and enter into the process.
  • Make a base layer with coarse items like wood chips, twigs or straw. This will give your compost good drainage and room to breathe
  • Layer up your other items, using a garden fork to add air to your mixture
  • Add a little water to keep it moist (but not wet)
Spring is a good time to start your compost pile. It's a time of year when you'll have a lot of garden waste, and summer warmth will speed up the process.

Recycled rainwater

Our recycling products are designed to help you do your bit for the environment around the house wherever you can. It's not just household items and waste that can be recycled. Using a hosepipe on your garden can be quite costly over a year, so why not choose a water butt for your garden to help you collect rainwater to use instead?

* Source: recycling.guide.org.uk, December 2008