Recycling household waste help, how to recycle, reuse and reduce, plus information about general waste management.
Not even a generation ago, people were used to keeping hold of broken items or bits of metal just in case they could be used for ‘something’. If clothes became torn, a patch of fabric from another worn-out garment would be cut and used to cover up the tear or rip and that piece of clothing could be used for several more months.
Likewise, everyone had a drawer at home that was crammed with bits of string, screws, bolts, elastic, rubber bands, even used stamps! All of those things were perceived as being ‘useful’ and it was just not the done thing to simply throw them away.
Nowadays, the situation is very different. There is now a very strong trend towards throwing things away rather than trying to fix them. This has come about because consumer items, such as electricals and clothes, are so cheap to buy that it often costs more to fix them than to just nip out and buy a replacement.
We have all been guilty of just taking an old microwave to the dump and not considering what happens next whilst we later pop a brand new one in our shopping trolley and be on our way. Quite often, something electrical can be easily fixed by changing a fuse which costs pennies and would save another pile of metal and rubber from heading to landfill.
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However, there is now a very strong feeling that this type of behaviour has to stop for the good of the planet. If we continue to just bury our waste and unwanted items in the ground, it is only a matter of time before there is no space left or that the ground becomes so polluted that it will be a serious hazard for generations to come.
During the war years, people were encouraged to ‘make do and mend’ and recycle as much as possible, so the concept of reusing everything is not a new one – it was borne out of necessity and it seems that this way of life is coming back again.
Our guides and articles give useful and practical information, advice and help on how you can start to make a difference in the world and effectively manage your own Waste Recycling.
Did You Know?
According to Defra, each person in England produced an average of 457 Kilograms of waste in 2009-10. Of this, an average of about 181 Kilograms per person was recycled. That left 60% of un-recycled waste, at an average of 276 kilograms per person.