Top tips for recycling

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UK households produce around 28 million tonnes of waste each year. Since we have launched  ‘recycle for dorset’ in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset we now recycle over 60% of our waste. Here’s some tips to help save money,  drive up our recycling figure and keep Dorset green.

  1. Let your council help
    Dorset Waste Partnership take care of glass, plastic, paper, cans and garden cuttings. Make sure you make the most of your service.
  2. Part and parcel
    Buy products with less packaging – why spend money on something you throw away? For items you use regularly, buying in bulk reduces excess card and plastic.
  3. Pass it on
    Charity shops are a great way to pass on unwanted items – and if you want some cash back, try a car boot sale or ebay.
  4. Electric alternatives
    Some retailers are happy to take back old electrical items and most can be used for parts. Your local council may also accept them at their waste recycling centre.
  5. Interior designs
    Furniture and accessories made from reclaimed or recycled material such as glass, wood or plastic are becoming increasingly stylish and innovative. Think solid craftsmanship instead of flimsy, disposable flat packs.
  6. Postal services
    Put up a sign to ward off junk mail and re-use envelopes by sticking labels over the address or recycle them. For things like bank statements, why not view them online rather than having them posted?
  7. Battery powered
    Dorset Waste Partnership offer battery recycling – or how about the rechargeable option which could also save you money.
  8. Fantastic, it’s not plastic!
    150,000,000 plastic bags are used in the UK every week and each takes around 100 years to rot away. Reuse them or take canvas bags to the supermarket – they’re easier to carry and won’t split.
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