On average, every individual in the UK generates and throws away about 7.5 times their body weight in waste, every year. The key to recycling the maximum possible form this waste is to segregate it into separate waste streams. Organic waste such as garden and food waste.
Dry mixed recyclables, such as tins, paper and card or most plastics and non-recyclable waste, broadly speaking
anything else that is not organic or mixed recyclables.
To collect that and segregate these waste streams at your house you’ll have at least 2 types of the bin, often several more, usually made of strong plastic or metal and kept outside.
The 3 most common types of the bin are Green Bins, Blue Bins, Black Bins.
They are differentiated according to the type of waste they contain.
This Blue bin is for mixed dry recyclables; materials including Cans (food tins and drinks cans), Cardboard (cardboard boxes, greeting cards, cardboard food packets toilet roll and kitchen roll inserts), Paper (newspapers and magazines), Glass (glass drinks bottles, food jars) and recyclable plastic (plastic bottles, food containers and other plastic items marked with the recycling symbol.
Glass for recycling is normally collected in a separate. Smaller container to make it easier to handle.
The Green bins are used to collect organic, usually, garden waste from your house. Garden waste contain grass, hedge and shrub cuttings, leaves and weeds, plants and flowers, straw, hay and sawdust, tree bark and small branches (less than 40-50mm or two inches in diameter), vegetarian pet waste (for example, from rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters).Food waste is sometimes collected in a small separate bin, including cooked and uncooked food as well as fruit, vegetables, tea bags, coffee grounds, meat, fish and bone plate scrapings plus used tissues or paper kitchen towels which cannot be added to the blue bin.
Black bins are for everything else. All non-recyclable waste, that basically includes disposable nappies, polystyrene packaging, personal hygiene materials, broken crockery, waste coal and wood ash, cigarette ends, also vacuum cleaner waste.
Hire a skip
Of course, you may have waste which is too bulky to go in any bin, or is from a building project or trade waste; these are not collected as part of the standard council services. The solution here is to hire a skip. Bulky waste is collected and removed easily, and responsible skip hires companies like ClickaSkip to recycle or find other uses for around 98% of the waste they collect making a skip a very environmentally sensitive option.
If everyone in the UK reused or recycled all the waste they produced. Then we’d avoid generating around 58 million
tons of carbon dioxide, which would take 64 thousand square miles of timberland to absorb. A dream perhaps,
but every step we take in our daily lives will help!