Recycling for Good Causes – What Can We Do?

Recycling is a popular idea and recycling for good causes even more so. Recycling for good causes, however, shouldn’t be our only motivation. We should be proactive about recycling to ensure that we stop clogging up the world with rubbish or even worse dispose of it in such a many it becomes a danger to the environment, animals and people. We need to boost recycling efforts in our home, in the workplace, and public spaces. But what can we do? We need to remember that tins, plastics and other compounds, such as styrofoam, are not biodegradable and shouldn’t be thrown out with our general household rubbish. By keeping items such as plastic bottles, soft drink cans and cardboard separate, we are reducing the amount of landfill and the space required to keep it, and making it easier for recycling centres to sort through the various waste items that we use in our homes and workplaces on a daily basis. Our actions directly impact our Earth, and it is critical that take action so we leave the smallest footprint on the Earth as we possibly can.

Recycling for good causes, saving our planet.

Ideas for recycling of old clothes

Fashion and trends change every so often and to keep up with these growing trends we keep buying new clothes, jewellery, bags and belts on a regular basis at least three times every year on average. This leads to many households having large stocks of unwanted and unused clothes in storage. Disposing of these old clothes can sometimes be a very daunting task because if you burn them, for example, they will create gases that will destroy the environment. Creative recycling of old clothes is the best way to handle this old and unused pile of clothes. A good example is using these old clothes as stuffing for mattresses and homemade cushions. Recently there has been a very big upsurge in the concept of DIY and it is not uncommon to find things like shoes made from old jeans or backpacks created from recycled sisal sacks combined with old clothes making rounds on different sites. There are some mind blowing ways to repurpose old clothing such as using old jeans and khakis to make summer tents. All it takes is a little creative effort on your part and the right tools to help you in the recycling of old clothes and making your DIY projects amazing and unique.

Recycling of old clothes - Old Jeans equal a New Bag

Ten Surprising Recycling facts

Impress your friends with strange recycling facts

Curious about the world of recycling? Here are ten weird and wonderful recycling facts. It takes about three months for a recycled aluminium can to find its way back to the shelf. There is no limit to the number of times this metal can be recycled. In China, over a million unsold CDs by singer Robbie William are going to be used for new road surfaces. Nike converts old trainers into surface material for tennis courts and athletics tracks. Mobile phones containing copper, gold, palladium, platinum and silver worth more than 80 million dollars are dumped in the US every year! During World War II, 33 % of newspaper was recycled. This figure has since declined. If all our newspapers were recycled today we could save 250,000,000 trees each year! In World War 1, recycled corset stays produced enough metal to build two warships. A house built illegally in a slum neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro by Luis Bispo using plastic bottles and building waste is now considered as an international example of sustainable development. Tanners have used human urine to convert animal hides to leather for centuries. Urine was also used to make gunpowder in the Middle Ages. New laws in the UK require that old electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and even sex toys, must be recycled. In Japan, the Denture Recycle Associate extracts metals from used dentures. The profits are donated to UNICEF. If you are interested in learning some more recycling facts and putting your knowledge into action, try getting a Plastic recycling resource pack.

Paper recycling – Some more ways

Paper recycling

Paper recycling can be done in innovative ways. Here are some uncommon ways for paper recycling.

(1) Art from used paper – This is an innovative and creative way of reusing paper. You can use computer-printed paper or newspaper to create amazing toys. You can cut strips out of this paper to make papier mache toys. These are really beautiful. You can also make other toys, like a pinwheel, from used paper.

(2) Cushioning your packages – Shredded paper from offices can be excellent cushioning materials for packaging. This can replace the much costlier styrofoam, which is not an environment friendly material.

(3) Using newspaper as a spill guard – Newspaper can be used as an excellent spill guard while painting. Just wrap the area that needs protecting. Easy and economical.

(4) Cover old books and notebooks – You can use old newspaper or office-printed paper to cover old books and notebooks to protect them.

(5) Lighting a campfire – Paper has very low ignition temperature and can be used as a starter for campfires.

Some simple ways to Recycle Paper

Recycle Paper

We have all gone through a note to make offices paperless to save the environment. However this is not achievable and the next best option is to recycle paper. Paper can be recycled in many ways which can actually save so much. Here a few ways some unique and some very simple.

Printing on both sides – I saw this being done in a school in Dunedin and was impressed by the method. It is a very simple way to save almost 50% paper. Of course confidential printed paper does not come in this but still a very simple and easy way to recycle used paper.

Use the blank spaces on printed paper – Almost always some parts of print sheets are blank. Use cutters to cut them and use them for making note pads and stickers.

Making compost out of newsprint – This is a very creative way to use the newspaper waste. You can add the newspaper (only coarse newsprint) to your compost pit. The compost that you will get is better than one prepared with natural scrap like lawn grass and food scrap.

Using newspaper as an absorbent – You can also use the absorbent quality of the newspaper to keep things dry. One of the uses is to warp ironed trousers and shirts in newspaper before packing in suitcase.

Recycling Plastic

Recycling Plastic

Plastic is one product which can be categorised as a necessary evil. We cannot do without it and it also has the maximum share in the garbage. The thing that makes plastic garbage difficult is that it does not decompose. Innovative ways like landfill parks have paved ways to minimize the harms of plastic garbage. But we can reduce the garbage by simply recycling the plastic products and reusing them in another form. Here are some cool tips to recycle plastic products.

  • Reusing Plastic Bottles – Plastic bottles come in various forms like cooking oil,food jars, shampoo bottles, Detergent and many more articles. Find ways to use them. For instance you can use these plastic jars and bottles for storing Kitchen items. However take care while using it to store water or oil. Keeping water and oil in recycled plastic bottles is not good for health.
  • Recycling Plastic Bags – Invariably most of the world is getting away from using plastic bags. But it still occupies a prominent place in the packaging. The ease of use and cost effectiveness is responsible for this. You can do your part by collecting them and giving it for recycling. Reusing as garbage bags is another way of using it more than once.
  • Recycling food containing Plastics – Plastic cups, containers and plastic bags for food articles can also be recycled at the local grocery shops.

Plastic also saves our lives as most of the surgical and medical products are made of plastic. It has improved safety in medicinal practice.It also saves energy and is green. So responsible recycling the plastic can help decrease the garbage and make our planet better.

Recycling glass affordably

Continuing with our last post about recycling glass. The benefits of recycling are numerous, the most important being that you are helping the environment. Glass is 100% recyclable, meaning you can use and re-use it to infinity without it losing quality, purity or clarity.

What is a glass crusher?

The clue is definitely in the title with this one. No elaboration is required as this machine does exactly what it says, crushes glass so as to recycle it. The crushed glass is then collected and then sent to a recycling plant.

So far, 100 restaurants and pubs in and around the UK have given this system a trial run. Positive feedback has led it to be incorporated in a number of them most notable being Mitchell’s and Butlers. And you know for short-term cash requirement, if you are really serious about doing something for environment, can be resolved by companies like ferratum.co.uk.

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Benefits of using the glass crush and recycle system.

The most often heard reason given by a number of establishments as to why they do not currently recycle is lack of space to store the used bottles before they are taken to the recycling plant. This is especially a problem during peak times. Optimal utilization of available space is key in the targeted market and empty bottles lying around are not only an eyesore but also present a safety hazard.

The glass crusher and collector aims at removing this obstacle. It is designed as a behind the bar in-house compactor. It reduces the size of the bottles to 80% minimising the amount of space used. As an added incentive, you will also be provided with collection services. This removes the hassle of having to figure out where to dispose of your crushed glass.

Recycling your glass could help you qualify for environment protection awards while at the same time helping you meet your CSR objectives. Another added benefit of this machine is that there is no need to sort the bottles by color and no cleaning is necessary. Just place the empty bottles in the machine. Labels, caps, straws and all can be put in the machine. This provides an extra safety feature for your customers and workers. So Not only is this an environmentally friendly solution but it makes recycling quick and easy.

What is the cost Implication?

It is also a cost-effective way to recycle your glass bottles. You will be charged a maintenance and rental fee for the crushing machine. As mentioned earlier, there is a collection service offered. This is for the clients convenience and also reduces your fuel expenses by eliminating the need for you to go to the recycling plant. It is also a way to make sure that bottles are actually recycled and not just thrown away. Knowing that someone will be coming by to pick up your trash provides peace of mind to the client.

Recycling a Beautiful, Rewarding Material – Glass

I’m big into recycling now. One of the recycled products which fascinates me is glass. Not only do you see glass objects every day, you see in lying around in shattered pieces, shimmering in lots of different shades as they catch the sun. I can’t stop thinking about what a rewarding material glass is and the dozens of ways it can be used. Because it is made from domestic materials such as soda ash, limestone, and sand, glass is 100% recyclable. In fact it can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality.

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I also discovered that recycled glass containers are always needed and available because glass manufacturers actually require high-quality recycled container glass so as to meet market demands for new glass containers.

I’ve also discovered that colour sorting is important too and that separating recycled container glass by colour ensures that new bottles match the colour standards required by glass container customers. We all live on planet Earth.

For me, anyone who cares about its future should be doing recycling. Certainly manufacturers benefit from recycling and we are helping them. Reduced emissions and consumption of raw materials is enough for me to know that if we all play a part, we really can extend the life of our beautiful planet.

The Business of Recycling

Recycling Business

The Eco-friendly business is the recycling business. It is a business which requires knowledge, skill and perseverance. It is not about selling junk. Rather it is a business of knowing how to make profit, and also requires risk taking abilities and creativity. Here are a few practical tips if you want to start your own recycling business.

  • Research and find out which type of recycling suits you – Recycling paper is labour intensive work. The same goes for computers. If starting the best way is to start as recycling household items for re-use and later take a plunge in paper and computers.
  • Survey the area you want to target – Always survey the area in which you will be recycling. Choose an article which is not being recycled. You can go for metal and scrap recycling as it is mostly not organised as recycling.
  • Chalk out a business plan – It is always recommended to make an outline of investment, revenue and cost. This is called a business plan. The plan should have a model for achieving break even.
  • Register – Before starting off, register with the local authority as a recycler. You will get many benefits and it will be easy to do business.
  • Have enough finance – This business does not require huge capital for starting. However plan your living expenses.
  • Find sellers and buyers – Just go searching for people and areas of getting the material to recycle. Find out target areas which require your service and also people who will buy the materials you will collect.

 

Recycling household products

UK is a country that makes it incredibly easy for you to recycle products, especially if you do put your mind to it. Almost all the household products (perishable items, packaging, etc) that I have bought have recycling instructions written on them. These instructions tell you whether any part of the item that you are holding in your hands can be recycled. It is extremely informative, especially for people who are new to the recycling game.

UK recycling labels

I was rather surprised by the fact that there were so many recycling units around my house. The garbage cans are for the trash, but there are recycling units available for different types of products, which is rather ingenious. After all, if you want to encourage people into recycling, you have to make sure that it is easy for them to do so. The best way of doing that is by providing recycling bins near houses- so that people would not have to go far. Secondly, you have to provide them the information they require. On both these counts, UK certainly does a wonderful job.

I have been trying to recycle all the household products on the basis of the instructions given on the label and it has been working like a miracle so far- I can’t say I have a complain about any of it!