Recycling maybe isn’t the first thing you think of when you’re trying to adjust to a zero waste lifestyle. However, instead of a product being treated as waste and disposed of, it can instead be recycled into another item to keep the natural resources originally used in circulation.
In order to make the most out of our materials we need to Recycle Right!
There are a few things you can do to improve your recycling at home:
Leave your recycling loose!
That just means don’t bag any of the items, just open the bin and drop the loose recycling in. It’s as easy as that.
Wash don’t squash!
Contrary to popular belief, across the Liverpool City Region we ask residents to not squash any recycling in their bins, other than cardboard. This is because of the sorting machinery that is used to separate the items. It largely relies on sensors and lights to read different shapes, so once it’s crushed it might be missed!
Check it before you chuck it!
We all have our own ideas about what can be recycled, but its easy to get this wrong. It’s so important to not go directly with what’s on the label of the item and instead check what is collected locally.
Other recycling opportunities
So, at home we can only recycle a certain number of items in our bins, so what can you do with the rest?
Textiles are such a valuable resource, and they shouldn’t be put in our bins! There are a number of textile recycling bins across the city region, many are located in larger supermarket car parks.
We all have forgotten to bring a reusable bag once before, so now what to do with the leftover plastic bag? Again, many supermarkets offer a recycling scheme for items like plastic film and bags which can’t currently be recycled locally.
Inedible leftovers? Take a look at our HOW TO… Home Compost guide!
Household Waste Recycling Centres
There are 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres located across the City Region, which can recycle everything from Tetrapaks to old televisions. To find your local centre please visit: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.
Interactive Reuse Map
Here on this site you can find a map of the Liverpool City Region populated with a range of community groups, reuse organisations, charities, with a brief description of who they are and how to get in touch with them.