Recycling Roundup

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.

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