Recycling - Time To Step It Up

22 September, 2021

Recycling - Time To Step It Up!

We know environmental concerns are still on the increase and that a collective effort is needed in order to tackle climate change. One way that we can all make a contribution is through recycling, as it helps conserve resources, saves energy, protects the environment and reduces the need for landfill.

Mail Solutions has implemented comprehensive recycling facilities across the Group, with most waste generated by the company extracted and segregated across multiple different streams (e.g. paper, plastic, cardboard) for recycling. In just paper alone, we recycled in excess of 2,000 tonnes last year and we continue to develop and implement new programmes that will help improve recycling rates and reduce waste.

In support of Recycling Week, here are some ways to make recycling easier – some may seem like ‘common sense’, but even small changes can make a big difference.

  • Know what can and cannot be recycled – In general, you can recycle paper, plastic, metal, and glass. However there are exceptions. Check your local council’s website for more information on what you can recycle.
  • Household recycling expert – It’s handy if there’s one person in the household that is the recycling expert. When unsure on what to do with something, you can then check with the recycling expert where you live.
  • Check your recycling day – Find out from your council what day your recycling will be collected. In some areas recycling is collected every week and in others it's collected fortnightly.
  • Clean recyclables before sorting – Some things need to be washed before you put them out for recycling, such as plastic containers and glass jars. Use old washing up water to give them a quick rinse.
  • Fit recycling into your lifestyle – When going out, take your recycling out to your recycling bin. This can easily become a daily routine and also any children will see the importance of recycling.
  • Reuse and repurposing – Instead of throwing away items after its original use, consider if they can be reused or repurposed for something else (e.g. recycle items into home décor, jars for storage units).
  • Donate – Even if you are unable to reuse an item, there is a chance that someone else will be able to use it. Consider taking old clothes and unwanted goods to a local community / charity site.

(Source: NLWA: Top Tips for Improving Recycling / RecycleNow: Recycling at Home)

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