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Recycling at home

Find out how to recycle or re-use items rather than disposing of them at landfill

The UK now recycles much more waste than in previous years. In Craven, during 2010/2011, households recycled 42.9% of their waste, which is a fantastic achievement. There are a number of reasons why recycling is important. It saves resources. If we didn't recycle, then more new materials would have to be used to manufacture goods. Recycling saves energy. Over the life cycle of a product, it will take less energy to manufacture it from recycled materials. Because of this, there are fewer carbon emissions, which helps prevent global warming. Current UK recycling saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 - which is the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road. Also by recycling waste, we are avoiding having to dispose it in landfill sites.

It is always better to try and reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place.

Reduce (Waste Minimisation) - minimising the waste we produce saves resources, energy, and money. For example research conducted by the Waste Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has found that up to a third of the food we buy in the UK is thrown away. This has been calculated as the equivalent of £610 a year for a family with children.

Re-use - Lots of waste can be re-used, from jam jars and bottles, to pieces of furniture around the house. One person's rubbish might be just what another person needs! There are many different schemes which enable people to offer items for re-use, from internet groups such as Freegle  or furniture re-use groups. As well as cutting down on the use of landfill and potential pollution, this could also save a lot of money.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle - the 3 'R's of waste management.

For lots of information and advice about recycling, visit the recyclenow webpage.

We have produced an A-Z guide to help householders reduce, reuse and recycle their waste. Click on the links below to go to the relevant page.

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  • Recycling at home A-Z

    This A-Z guide provides you with details on how you can dispose of unwanted items without just throwing them in the bin. Most items in a household bin can be reused or recycled.