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The rules of recycling

Recycling is something we all try to do properly, but it's a little bit more complicated than you might think. You can't just recycle anything, and what you can recycle has to be properly prepped.


Before you start recycling, you have to realise that different places have different requirements. Some may allow the recycling of plastic bottles whereas some may say that they cannot recycle them or some may have some other extra needs that others don't.

But here are the top 3 basic rules.


1.Remove all food and liquid

It's not like you need to give your plastic containers a bleach bath, but just make sure there's no milk left in your cartons or any food waste in your containers.


The ones you really need to look out for are pizza boxes or anything else made out of cardboard because they can easily get ruined by getting grease or moisture soaked in. If there is one part that is damaged, I would just rip that bit off so you can recycle the rest.




2.Not everything goes

Yes you can recycle plastic, paper and glass. But not all plastic, paper and glass.


First of all, wrapping paper CANNOT be recycled. Any paper that has been dyed and/or shredded can't either. Luckily, wrapping paper is easily re-used so don't worry.

In terms of plastic, this can be tricky but as a rule of thumb I would avoid flimsy or soft plastic like cling film as they can be hard to recycle.


3.Avoid hazardous waste

If in doubt, search up whether or not it is dangerous, but things like light-bulbs, batteries and old burn out phones are what you need to avoid putting in your regular recycling bin. There's lots of others so if you have even the slightest doubt search it up before you make a mistake.




If you follow these steps you should be on your way to being a recycling superstar.


Until next time, remember to be your own superhero.

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