Recycling Goals

Why Should I Recycle and How Should I Store It?

Recycling Storage

Are you an avid recycler? Do you want to recycle more, but the thought of finding the space for it feels impossible? If you don't recycle, here’s why you should, and if you want to recycle more, here’s some recycling storage inspiration for your space.

Why should I recycle?

Recycling preserves precious resources

We can get anything we want at the click of a button, so it’s easy to think that the earth has infinite resources. But it doesn’t. The earth is becoming ever more populated but its resources won’t last forever. That’s why it’s important that we save resources and recycling is an important way we can do that.

It saves energy

Recycling turns materials into new products which uses less energy than making something new. Extracting raw materials uses a lot of energy and is harmful to the planet.

Recycling can slow down climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet, and recycling can help slow it down by:

  • Reducing the need for the extraction and processing of raw materials which causes air and water pollution.
  • Saving energy which cuts down greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reducing the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill. Waste that rots away on landfill can produce methane, a gas that is a big contributor to climate change.

If I start recycling more, how can I store it?

Okay, so you know recycling is great for the planet.  However, there are things to think about if you’re going to make it work.

Recycling storage is one of those things. If you don’t have a lot of space, here are some tips on storing your recycling until collection day.  

Can you reuse an item?

First, ask yourself if you can reuse an item. Yes, these tips are about recycling storage, but it makes sense to avoid your recycling piling up if you can.

For example, you can reuse glass jars for storing odds and ends. You can keep paper and card for crafting on rainy days with the kids. The possibilities are endless. 

Get creative with reusing things as much as you can so you can avoid an overflowing recycling bin or box.  

Think about where your recycling storage should be and how to make the most out of it

When it comes to recycling storage, location is key. Where can you store your home recycling bins, bags, or boxes so that they:

  • Don’t get in the way?-you don’t want to be tripping over your recycling every time you’re in the kitchen.
  • Are convenient enough for everyone to use?-will a bathroom recycling bin encourage people to recycle more?

Equally important is the how, especially when you are short on space.

Here are some ways you can ace recycling storage without taking up any precious floor space:

Use the vertical space: 

Think about stacking recycling bins or boxes, or hanging a recycling bag on the back of a door/cupboard.

Get creative: 

There are some great hidden recycling storage solutions like bins that pull out of a kitchen cupboard.

Maximise your recycling storage space

Once you know where you are going to store your recycling and how. You need to maximise your storage space. Flatten items like cartons, boxes, and drinks cans to create space in your recycling bin, bag, or box.

We hope we’ve given you plenty of inspiration on recycling storage. If you’d like more tips and interesting articles on all things recycling, check out the rest of our blog.

In the News - Coffee Pods

Recycle Coffee Pods

With more of us working from home, or just wanting to enjoy a luxurious cup of coffee whenever we fancy one, the popularity of coffee pods has surged. 

It’s great for the coffee companies and a treat for us, but maybe not so good for the environment, as a YouGov poll of over 4,000 coffee pod drinkers found that 35% of them didn’t know that coffee pods were recyclable. 

They can be forgiven for thinking that though given that regular coffee pods are usually made from plastic or aluminium, or both, these materials can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. 

But there’s some good news on the horizon for all of you confused coffee enthusiasts, two of the biggest names in the UK coffee industry have joined forces to launch a recycling programme for coffee pods. 

‘Podback’ is being launched by Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK and it will provide consumers with a few easy ways to recycle their coffee pods. As part of the scheme, you’ll be able to recycle pods from brands including Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR, and Starbucks at Home, and the plan is that the initiative will be expanded to eventually include coffee pods from all brands that use plastic or aluminium pods. 

How will you be able to recycle your coffee pods? 

  • Take them to a Yodel Collect+ point: There are over 6,500 drop-off points in the UK that are open 7 days per week. You will be able to order recycling bags online from the participating brands and these will also be available in supermarkets soon. 
  • Leave them out for kerbside collection: If you live in Cheltenham or South Derbyshire, you will be able to sign up for kerbside recycling for your coffee pods from 10th May. Other councils are in discussions about adopting the Podback scheme, and you can check whether your council is participating, how they will collect the pods, and order recycling bags here

Making coffee pod recycling even easier

There are ongoing discussions with major retailers about an idea to start a ‘handover at home’ scheme which would make coffee pod recycling even easier for consumers. 

If the idea became a reality, you could hand over your used coffee pods for recycling when your groceries are delivered. 

There are also calls for all brands and retailers of plastic or aluminium pods to join Podback so there is one simple and far less confusing way for people to recycle their coffee pods

What will happen to the collected coffee pods?

They will be taken to a specialist processing plant where the packaging will be separated from any leftover coffee grounds. The coffee grounds will be used to create soil improver and renewable bioenergy. The plastic and aluminium from the pods will be recycled and turned into new products like drinks cans or plastic garden furniture. 

Are there better choices than a capsule coffee machine?

While your pods are a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious coffee, there are more eco-friendly options like;

  • Bean-to-cup coffee machines: These can leave a dent in your wallet, so be sure to shop around. They do grind your coffee and make your drink for you, though. 
  • Ground coffee or pump espresso machines: These do take a bit of work, but the result is tasty and satisfying. 

There you have it, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy coffee and do it sustainably. You might think that recycling your coffee pods is no big deal, but every little bit helps, especially if we all do it. 


Weekly Recycling Challenge: Cut Down on Contamination in Your Recycling

You might feel saintly because you’re doing your bit and recycling as much as you can, but do you realise that a lot of what we recycle is often too contaminated to be processed so it ends up in the landfill? For this week’s recycling challenge, we want to challenge you to make sure you put the right things in your recycling bin, and to make sure they’re as clean as possible before you do!

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