Recycling

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  • Reduce the amount of rubbish going into your non-recycling bins by thinking carefully about the amount of extra packaging and carrier bags you bring home from the shops.
  • Take surplus clothes, shoes and books to charity shops or put them in special recycling bins found in supermarket and other car parks.
  • There are also organizations which will collect unwanted furniture and donate it to low-income households.
  • Register for the Mailing Preference Service to reduce the amount of junk mail that you receive. They can remove your name from up to 95% of Direct Mailing lists.
  • You can get a number of recycling containers to suit your property from your local City Council, including green boxes (for newspapers, magazines, office paper and glass), blue boxes or bins (for paper unsuitable for the green box, plastic bottles, cans and card) and garden waste sacks.
  • If you buy a drink when you're out in your town or city look out for the special can and plastic bottle recycling litter bins.

  • Sign up to your local Freecycle network. You can give away all sorts of unwanted items and be notified about stuff people are giving away in the local area.
  • Reduce the potentially smelly biodegradable waste going into your rubbish bin, buy a Home Composter for as little as 8.
  • Make money from your old computer (and prevent it going into landfill): advertise it on Daily Info's Computers For Sale/Wanted page.
  • Computers for Charity collect old computers from individuals and businesses for refurbishment and sell them at low prices to community groups. Oxfam also accept old computers, which they refurbish and sell to raise funds.
  • Sell your unwanted household items, including bikes, kitchen items and DVDs, for free in your local circular Daily Information - they usually don't charge for a basic advert.
  • Ensure your old paints, garden tools and scrap materials get another use by giving them to the Orinoco Scrapstore. Orinoco will find them a new home or give them away to community art projects.
  • Order your free Waste Reduction Pack and re-useable cotton bag, from your local County Council. It contains advice on how to reduce your junk mail and other waste.
  • Try to re-use your plastic bottles, as they are fairly energy intensive to recycle. They make good bird feeders or you can use them in your garden to plant seedlings or protect young plants.

  • Buy fresh food from a local market where they use less plastic and more biodegradable packaging such as paper bags, which can go in your compost.
  • Give your old mobile phones and printer cartridges to charities such as Oxfam. The Midcounties Co-operative supermarkets and pharmacies give away freepost recycling envelopes.
  • Take excess recycling to your local City Council bring bank sites.
  • Visit Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre to recycle TVs, computers, batteries, other plastics, hand tools and paint. Or consult Recycle More to find details of other local Recycling Centres.
  • If you're out and about but can't find a nearby recycling bank, try to take rubbish home to recycle.
  • Using washable nappies reduces the amount of disposables going to landfill. Find out more about using washable nappies by contacting the Real Nappy Campaign or your local County Council's Waste Management Department.
  • If you hate waste, why not join a Community Action Group (CAG) and get a taste of environmental action in your neighbourhood.
  • The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) trains and enables businesses, schools and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often.
  • If your household would like to stop receiving un-addressed mail (door drops) you can opt-out by contacting Royal Mail and requesting an opt-out form to be sent to your home address.

  • Start your own waste reduction group in your community, school or workplace, with the help of your local County Council.
  • If you have registered for the Mailing Preference Service but are still receiving marketing mail, you can complain to the Direct Marketing Association.
  • Car and non-rechargeable household batteries can be recycled at Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre.
  • Set up recycling points at your work with the help of your local County Council's waste management team.
  • Become a City Council Recycling Champion and help your community make the best use of their kerbside collections.
  • If you're wondering whether something can be recycled or not visit Recycle Now. They list awkward or unusual items and how you can recycle or reuse them. To
  • Recycle low energy and other light bulbs by taking them to your local Waste Recycling Centre.


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