How to avoid the top common mistakes of recycling

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

Recycling has become a big issue in recent years. Our landfills are shockingly overfilled. Our streets and countrysides have become overwhelmed with bulky household rubbish; Rat infestation is on the increase. Fly-tipping is to blame due to an increase in households not understanding the penalties of removing their bulky household waste. To top it off, a figure released by the British Science Association In the UK revealed that just under 50% of households recycle.

Now, if you may think this figure is reasonable, then think again. Yes, people are rolling up their sleeves to save the planet, but when quizzed about the nature of what could be recycled, many didn’t have a clue!

Research from the British Science week suggested that more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of recycling and the impact that this has on our fragile planet, but due to the misconceptions of what can be recycled, many are doing more harm than good!

The above household figure could be increased according to the British Association, only if we better understood the rules and procedures of disposing of our general household waste effectively.

To help you become better acquainted Speedy Clearances have put together a helpful guide on how to avoid the top common recycling mistakes, often made by households.

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Disposing Your General Household Waste:

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1. Don’t recycle the top of your soap pump dispensers.These cannot be recycled. Instead, remove the pump from the soap dispenser, wash it and throw into your general rubbish bin. The rest of the bottle can be recycled. Rinse the bottle and place in your recycling bin.

2. Don’t try to recycle your used kitchen roll. Many of us believe that it is okay to recycle this because it’s made from paper. Nonetheless, this is a common misconception. Again, place this in your normal waste bin. This also applies to the likes of tissue and cardboard, such as greasy takeaway boxes.

3. Don’t try to recycle your plastic bags, this is a no, no! You may be thinking that plastic material can be reused, and yes, you’re correct in thinking that, but plastic bags have to be recycled into a special recycling bin and not your household recycling bin. It causes great problems for the recycling centers because everything has to be sorted by hand, so please avoid this. To learn more about where you can recycle your old plastic bags, please click here

4. Don’t recycle glass that isn't a bottle or jar this is because not all glass melts at the same temperature. Avoid Glass materials such as light bulbs, Pyrex, mirror, and window glass. Please do your homework if you're unsure!

5. Don’t recycle disposable coffee cups, like the ones you get from your local Costa. Again there is a misconception. You may believe that a disposable coffee cup can be recycled, but because they are contaminated with used coffee, and because they’re made from certain problematic materials, they cant!

6. Don’t recycle Glossy Paper such as photo-paper as it may be coated with plastic or another residue that is not suitable for recycling.

7. Don’t recycle metallic packaging, like crisp packets. Crisps packets are often mistaken for foil, but this is untrue. In fact, it's just a form of metallised plastic that cannot be recycled at all.

Now we can move onto what you CAN recycle that many thought that you couldn’t:

1. There is a misconception that you cannot recycle kitchen foil, but this is false. You can! You can even recycle kitchen foil after using it.

2. You can recycle empty deodorant cans including the plastic lid that accompanies it.

3. Empty surface cleaner bottles including the trigger spray can be recycled, as long as you clean the bottle thoroughly, its safe.

4. Metal Lids can be recycled

5. Empty Bleach bottles can also be recycled, again wash the bottles and place them in your recycling bin.

Now Let's Turn Your Attention To All Your Bulky Household Waste: