Recycling at Home
Posted 08/09/2016 by BrightHouse Team
Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount we throw out, and the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills. It can also be a great way to save money if you can find ways to reuse things instead of throwing them away.
Here are our top tips for recycling and reusing everyday household items.
Jars and pots – Washing out a jar after it’s empty gives you a useful storage pot for anything from cotton buds to hair bands to spare change. Or even fill it back up again if you fancy making your own jams and preserves!
Newspapers – Newspaper is very useful for packing things to move or for storage, but it can also be a good way to help dry out shoes if you’ve been out in the rain. Simply scrunch up some newspaper into ball and leave inside your shoes overnight to help remove moisture.
Old clothes – It’s always worth having a clear out of your wardrobe now and then, helping to give you more space whilst also helping charity shops and clothes banks. You can also recycle clothes that aren’t suitable for the charity shop by cutting them up for cleaning and polishing rags.
Plastic milk bottles – Thoroughly washed out, a plastic milk carton can be great for temporarily storing and freezing liquids if you make too much of something or need to store extra from a packet you can’t reseal.
Shampoo bottles – If you get through a lot of shampoo or baby oil bottles, there’s a clever way you can turn them into a useful phone charger cradle. It just needs to be any plastic bottle that’s wide enough to hold your phone.
Batteries – Rechargeable batteries mean there’s really no need to be throwing away hundreds of batteries these days, but if you do have some dead batteries that need getting rid of, make sure to take them to your local supermarket or electronics store where they have battery recycling bins.
Smartphones – Old smartphones can really start piling up if you don’t find a new home for them, but if it’s a fairly recent model you could get some cash for it from an electronics recycling website. You can also recycle tablets and other electronics and get money back.
Food waste – Many local councils now supply bins for recycling and food waste. Separating out your food waste and things that can be recycled will drastically cut down the amount you throw away in your regular bin, so you’ll notice you’re throwing much less away.
Lightbulbs – Older styles of lightbulb can’t be recycled, and modern energy saving bulbs tend to last for much, much longer than the outdated varieties. But if you find yourself with modern energy saving bulbs that have gone kaput, make sure to take them to your local recycling centre where they can be left with the fluorescent lamps.
You can find out more about your local recycling facilities and collections on the gov.uk recycling website.