When it comes to helping the planet, we’ve all got to do our bit. Recycling is one of the best ways to do this, but as we all know, contaminated recycling is bad. Simply put, mixing non recyclable materials with recyclable materials can mean that all of it heads straight to landfill, and no one wants that! Second to contaminated recycling, the biggest problem occurs when recyclable material ends up in the waste bin. So in this week’s article, we’ll be running through 4 things that you may not know can be recycled.
It’s true that when bottle tops are put through recycling on their own, they can cause a bit of a problem for the sorting equipment at the recycling facility. But with a little foresight, the humble bottle top can actually be recycled for the better! One of the easiest ways to do this is to save them up in a used can, and then crimp the lid to the tin when full. In an aluminum can, the aluminium bottle tops will be treated the same.
When it comes to food packaging, it can be difficult to determine whether or not it’s recyclable. From pizza boxes, to Chinese takeaway boxes, grease often found in this sort of packaging can cause issues. But actually, as long as there’s no leftover food in the box, with a light wash these plastic containers are good to go.
Similar to take away containers, aluminium foil from food packaging such as yogurt, or materials used in household baking, can be recycled as long as it’s rinsed! Just make sure that the aluminium is collected together, rather than floating around as singular pieces as this can be difficult for sorting equipment to process. A suggestion to remedy this is to scrunch all your aluminium foil into a ball before putting it into recycling.
For some reason, there’s a certain assumption that aerosol cans can’t be recycled. But don’t worry- they won’t explode when they’re recycled! They’re made of steel and aluminium, and most recycling facilities will have no problem processing them. The only caveat is this- they must be empty, and free of as much of the plastic as possible.
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