We have quite a few green thumbs and avid recycles in our goodness team, so took the opportunity to grab their top tips on how to re-use, recycle and refuse efficiently!
Coming from Sweden where recycling has been big for a long time, I am ethused by There were recycling stations for paper, glass, plastic bottles and batteries at most shops when I was young in the 80’s. At home we collected these things and took to the collection spots when they overflowed.
All paper, including birthday/christmas wrapping gets sorted in my house. I recycle paper wrappings but not the plastic ribbon or plastic style wrapping, which goes to the bin. It can get a bit messy at xmas, making sure not to throw out cards with money and the like!
My family have to hold on to any birthday cards they actually want to keep, so they don’t get swept up in the recycling clean up. When we lived in London, and I put the wrapping paper in the paper recycling bin, they refused to pick it up, saying it was household rubbish. I was most upset.
I think the key to recycling is making it easy.
As long as it’s not a hassle you’re more likely to follow through!
- Worm farms are fantastic! They don’t take much space so they fit in the smallest of gardens. You can pick one up at your local hardware shop or garden centre. When it’s full you have your own organic matter to put back into your garden beds or pots.
- I keep a small tub for fruit and vegetable scraps under the sink next to the rubbish bin. Put all your vegetable/fruit scraps in there, and when I have time I empty it into our worm farm. Keep your onions and citrus seperate as worms don't like these!
- Coffee suds from the plunger gets topped up with water and poured straight onto the garden beds.
Backyard chooks are great for recycling food scraps!
- I keep all of my used batteries in a tub in the laundry cupboard, and take to a local recycling spot when I get a chance.
- Glass, plastic and paper recycling goes on the laundry bench, out of sight but easy to reach, until I have time to take it to the council recycling bin.
- Lawn clippings are put back into garden beds as mulch, and a simplified way to compost.
- Don't forget to add 30% shredded newspaper to your composting so it's not too wet!
- The "Aero bin" makes an amazing compost and has no smell, but will set you back a few hundred dollars!