Happy March! There’s something about March that makes me feel so positive and excited- and the beautiful sunshine has been making it even more so! With Global Recycling Day on 18 March too, there’s no better time to ramp up our recycling whilst having a good old Spring Clean and clear out….
We love recycling as it something you can do everyday event whilst at home, and it makes such a difference to the environment. There’s no better feeling than having a good declutter and recycling as much as you can.
March is traditionally the time of year when lots of households start a deep clean and have a mass declutter of their homes. That’s us too!
This last year we have spent more time at home than ever before, and our house shows it! We are bursting at the seams and need a MASS clear out. There are so many more unwanted items to clear out than ever before. And believe me – WE ARE PLANNING A HUGE CLEAR OUT!!
We are continuing our promotion with Wales Recycles and going green with our Spring Clean this year.
We are thinking about every single item before we throw it away to see if it can be recycled.
I don’t know about you, but with so many of us in the house, we accumulate so many toiletries! Shampoo, conditioner, skincare bottles, shower gels, bath foam – so many! We’ve recently had a refurb of our bathroom and are minimising and decluttering. The plastic bottles can be rinsed out and put out for collection with our other rubbish. Aerosols and perfume bottles can be recycled too.
We accumulate so many with gaming controls, TV remote controls, toys etc and luckily our waste recycling centre can recycle them. If you are not sure if yours does you can check Wales Recycles Community recycling facilities can be found in some supermarkets too – we know Tesco has a battery bin.
Oh goodness – how many old, unwanted clothes do we have? They no longer fit, they are no longer cool, and some have just got worn out whilst being at home so much – I am thinking joggers and leggings!! They can’t be put out with your kerbside collection, but they can be taken to your recycling centre, they can be sold or taken to your local charity shop.
You can’t beat a magazine – in the days before digital editions, I loved settling down with a cuppa and good magazine. I have piles of them. I never re-read them and they take up so much space- so off they go! They can be recycled in our kerbside collection as paper too so it’s a perfect one to get Kai involved with. I love his awareness of recycling even though he is so young, and I encourage him to get involved as much as possible.
The same with books – I am a bit of a bookworm and LOVE my books, but we have hundreds, and something has to go. We have been sorting out Kai’s baby and toddler books to take to our local charity shop once they reopen.
If you are still not recycling as much as you can, just think…
*Recycling is important because it reduces our reliance on raw materials and helps to protect the environment
*Recycling helps to save energy – we can use existing materials to make new things rather than need to extract new materials from the earth
*Recycling food waste helps to create green energy – most local authorities in Wales send their food waste to a special processing facility where it is turned into renewable energy to power homes and communities.
92% of people in Wales recycle regularly (WRAP Recycling Tracker Survey, October 2020) and Wales’s recycling rate has reached its highest ever at 65%, smashing its target of 64% in 2020. We should be super proud of our efforts and celebrate that we are one step closer to getting to number one. (Stats Wales)
With 55% of us recycling more than we were this time last year, we are improving greatly, but let’s do even more to get Wales to Number 1 in the world! (WRAP RecyclingTracker Survey October 2020 results)
We would love to hear your recycling tips and stories – please share in the comments, we can all do a little bit more!
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