NATIONAL Recycling Week kicked off on Monday, November 8.
Here are six tips for recycling in the home:
Never put recyclables in plastic bags. Instead, use a tub or basket to carry items to the recycling bin.
Food scraps, cardboard, shredded paper and newspapers, and more can be composted and then used in your garden as fertiliser.
Never dispose of old clothes or shoes in recycling. Donate these items if they’re still wearable, otherwise, old clothes can be repurposed into scrap for cleaning or crafts, or disposed of in the waste bin.
You don’t need to rinse recyclables, in fact, you’ll save on water if you don’t. Instead, empty any food or liquid before placing it in the recycling bin.
Plastic bags and soft plastics can be recycled through the REDcycle Program, facilitated through participating supermarkets. Get rid of them when you go to do your weekly grocery shopping.
If it’s broken, fix it! Reducing what we buy and reusing what we own already are important factors in reducing waste.