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'Greener Together' - useful recycling tips

This page provides information, advice and links to a wealth of other interesting recycling sites.

You can also search on social using the hashtag #OWBCGreenerTogether.

Reduce your waste

We are recycling and composting more of our waste across the Borough. However, the amount of waste we produce increases every year and so we need to try and reduce our waste. Below is some information on how we can all help to reduce and reuse the waste we produce.

Stop Junk Mail

Register with the Mail Preference Service: mpsonline.org.uk to reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail through your door.

Smarter Shopping

  • Buy ‘in bulk’ purchase concentrated products or refillable packets
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than heavily packaged alternatives
  • Use durable goods rather than disposable alternatives such as nappies and razors
  • Store food in re-sealable containers rather than using foil or plastic film.

Real Nappies

  • By the time your baby is potty trained you could use 4,000 to 5,000 disposable nappies. Real nappies not only reduce the amount going to waste going to landfill but could save you money too.

Even if you are not able to switch completely, any reduction in the number of disposable nappies you throw away will help. Residents are entitled to borrow a reuseable trial nappy kit for 4 weeks free of charge for further details please visit: http://www.lesswaste.org.uk/reuse/reusable-nappies.

Food Waste

Avoid throwing out food will save you money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Pre-plan meals to avoid unnecessary buying
  • Always write a shopping list
  • Perfect portions – only cook what you need
  • Store and freeze leftovers
  • Use up leftovers

www.Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips and advice

Reusable Shopping Bags

By switching to a ‘bag for life’ you can prevent plastic bags ending up in your bin

  • Switch to using a ‘bag for life’ you can prevent plastic bags ending up in your bin.
  • Take bags with you every time you go shopping
  • Keep spare bags in your car or at work so you are never without

Charity shops

  • Before you dispose of items you no longer need, thing about donating to a charity shop

What happens to my recycling?

The recyclate collected is taken to Casepak on Scudamore Road, Leicester.

Casepak run a MRF (materials recycling facility), where the co-mingled materials are seperated using state of the art equipment. It is then bailed and sent for reprocessing. If you would like to know more about how Casepak separate the materials please visit the Casepak website http://casepak.co.uk/mrf/

Did you know?

  • 1 aluminium drink can is enough to run a television for 3 hours.
  • Recyling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60w light bulb for up to 6 hours.
  • Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees.

Search on social!

You can search using the hashtag #OWBCGreenerTogether for even more tips and pics.

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For further information on waste and recycling, please follow the below external links:

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