Top tips for improving your recycling at home


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At home is where you can make the biggest difference to the amount you recycle. 

Here are some simple tips for improving how you recycle at home – some may seem like “common sense”, but just one small change can make a world of difference.

  • Flatten your cardboard boxes when you put them in the recycling – you can get more of everything in your bin that way.
  • All your plastic bottles can be recycled, from mouthwash to salad dressing – so put them all in your recycling bin! You can recycle plastic bottles, tubs and pots, and their tops and lids too, if you are unsure what to recycle visit Recycle for Dorset.
  • It’s more than just newspapers you can recycle as well. You can recycle your envelopes, wrapping paper, birthday cards and even phone books. All types of cardboard can also be recycled, even toilet roll tubes and drinks cartons.
  • Most metallic items are also recyclable – It’s not just cans and tins you can also recycle, but kitchen foil and even empty aerosols.
  • Keep a bag or a space in a cupboard in the kitchen for storing the recycling as you go. It also makes it easy to take things to the recycling bins that way.
  • Why not try keeping a carrier bag in the hall for recycling your junk mail straight away?
  • We all recycle but often, one person in the house is the expert – if you’re unsure what to do with something, who is the expert in your house?
  • On your way to school, supermarket or work, stop off at the recycling point and drop your recycling. This allows you fit recycling into your lifestyle easily, and the kids will learn about recycling too this way too.
  • Whenever you’re not sure what you can recycle, look on Recycle for Dorset for more information.
  • Check the date you put out your recycling – Find out what day your recycling will be collected.

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