Twenty Recycling Tips.

1. Recycle? Of course it's the only way forward.
Facilities for recycling paper, glass, cans, cardboard and plastic are becoming widespread all over the UK.
Try to use them! If you're not already doing so, contact your local council for more information, and whether they offer recycling collections for household rubbish.

2. Try the process of making a conscious choice to purchase or use products and services which will have a less harmful impact on the Environment.
This guarantees that the wood has been produced/grown sustainably.

3. Fill a small plastic watertight container with water and put it in your toilet cistern. This will reduce the amount of water used each time you flush the loo.
By the end of the year the amount is amazing.

4. Make the effort to make one less car journey on your own each week. Walk, cycle, take the bus or train or share a lift with someone else.
You'll be reducing your contribution to pollution by around 10-15%

5. Buy recycled. Choose to buy products that are made from recycled material.

6.You should try and use/buy wood and wooden products carrying the Forest Stewardship Council 'Woodmark'.
Dolphin friendly/line caught Tuna, sustainable crops, biodegradable materials.

7. Check out who else is offering the ability to recycle. Oil at petrol stations; plastic bags at shops and supermarkets; garden waste at garden centers; etc.
If you pass on your waste to recycling facilities without then buying recycled products, you're only making a token gesture. Most of us are members of a market driven economy to some degree, if there is no demand for recycled products, recycling will in itself fail. Choose products that are made of or packaged in recyclable material. Paper bags, cardboard boxes, glass bottles, aluminum and tin cans, and some plastics are easily recycled.

8. Packaging .. Product packaging accounts for about 33% of all household garbage.
If we refuse to buy products that are over packaged, the manufacturers will be forced to change their packaging to be more environmentally responsive.

9. Reuse items. Try to reuse items as many times as possible. If you do not have a use for items that are still good or operational, donate them to a local charity or environmental organization. Ask to see their wish list, you may have something they need. Many items can also be used for things other than the original reason for buying. Be creative!


10. When it comes to Paper products, recycled is not always as environmentally freandly, so check for Chlorine free products as well, if you are not sure if the paper is sourced from sustainable forestry.

11. Avoid disposable and one-time use products. These waste resources and energy. In most cases there are reusable alternatives.

12. Buy in bulk or concentrated forms when ever possible. This will usually save you money and reduces the amount of waste packaging that is thrown away.

13.When you go about your everyday business at work e.t.c, ask about the Environmental policy, to raise awareness. It will probably save them money and benefit everyone in the long run.

14. Complain if you are not happy about the packaging you see, speak out about it. Let manufacturers and shop owners know that you are not happy with the way a product is packaged. Explain why...Your buying power as a group is worthy of note to the big boys of business.

15. If you have a garden, and need compost or not, then compost your kitchen and garden waste at home by using a compost bin or compost heap.

This can help reduce your waste by 20-25% and fertilise your soil for nothing.

16. Junk mail, receiving wads of leaflets you'll never look at. It's really anoying too...

You can write to Mail Preference Services, Freepost 22, LONDON W1E 7EX to remove your name from mailing lists which are sold to companies who send junk mail. It's a" freepost" service.

17.Polystyrene and plastic stuff..don't use plastic and polystyrene plates and cups. If the fast food outlet on the corner does, ask them why they don't use paper based versions.

18. If you use a computer at home with an ink based printe, then recycle or re-fill the cartridges.

19. When you go shopping take your own reusable shopping bags, or the plastic carrier bags from previous trips.

Use plastic bags as kitchen and bathroom bin liners.

20. Don't throw away unwanted clothes, toys or household goods. Charity shops and organisations are always in need of such materials.

Or use them as floor cloths and rags.