For the first month, we’re going to ease you gently into the idea of reducing your rubbish and the amount of waste you send to landfill each week. We’re nice like that.
This month we’re setting you the challenge of becoming aware of the recycling facilities that are available in your area.
You will discover that you have kerbside collections and / or local recycling facilities where you can recycle certain items. These facilities might be at a supermarket, a pub or a local authority household recycling centre. You’ll probably be amazed just how many places there are to take things once you start looking.
This really is a postcode lottery, so just because your friend on one side of the country can recycle certain things at their kerbside, you will need to check with your local authority or county council about what they collect.
How to discover what you can recycle at home
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to discover what delights are on offer is to use the Recycle Now website.
Simply type in your postcode and you will get a large box on the left hand side of the page telling you what will be collected from your kerbside.
How to find out what you can recycle in your local area
On the same Recycle Now page is a map with a red pointer indicating where you are, surrounded by blue ‘bins’. Click on the nearest blue bin to your home to find your nearest recycling facility, along with details of what you can recycle there.
Don’t forget to type in the postcode for your place of work or other places you visit frequently as well. You might find that within your home and work area you can recycle many different things.
If you find the Recycle Now website too difficult to use, then call your local council.
How to contact your local county council
All local councils in the UK are listed on the Direct Gov website. Simply select ‘A to Z of local councils’ from the homepage to find an alphabetical listing and select the area you come under. Alternatively, use that terribly old fashioned invention of the phone book to find the number 😀
If you’re not sure who your local council are, then get hold of your latest Council Tax bill for information.
What do I do now?
That’s it! Find out the information you need, then record it somewhere handy and hold onto it, ready for the July challenge.
Let us know how you get on and what you find out. Are there less or more facilities than you had expected?
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