As we become more aware of our planet, and the problems facing us, and the wildlife that we share the Earth with in our future, perhaps 2018 should be the year that we all play a part in ensuring the health of the planet for future generations. Recycling is one of the main ways that we can help to prevent global warming and the pollution, particularly to our oceans that is having such a huge negative impact on wildlife all over the world. Many people are not aware of what can and cannot be recycled so here are a few things that you may not be aware of, that may help you to help the earth…
Batteries – Batteries come in many different varieties, and the best way to be environmentally friendly is to use rechargeable batteries. These can last a long time and hugely cuts down the need to dispose of batteries. When the time does come to dispose of them, the best thing to do is to return them to the manufacturer for disposal as they contain harmful metals so should not go in general household waste. Most normal household batteries however, can be recycled in recycling centres, including many supermarkets, making it very easy to dispose of them correctly without even having to go out of your way! If you have a car battery to get rid of, the best thing to do is to return the battery to the car battery supplier. Groves batteries are the UK’s go to car battery supplier and will be able to take the old battery from you and dispose of it correctly.
Aerosols – Aerosols are recyclable, however as they are pressurised containers they must be correctly and safely disposed of. There are many places that recycle them, your local council will be able to advise you on this. The main thing is to make sure that they are completely empty first, and dispose of them how they are (do not try to crush them or pierce a hole in them). Also, do remove the lid and dispose of it separately. Aerosol cans are made of a mixture of steel and aluminium, both of which can be recycled!
Household Electrical Items – If the item is still in good working order, it may be gratefully received by a local charity or furniture recycling centre so check what is in your local area. Another option is to contact the manufacturer of the item who will be able to advise you of the correct way to dispose of it (depending on what it is). If you are replacing the item with a new one, the place that you buy the new one from may well offer a service where they remove the old one. Bear in mind that if it is a computer, you may want to wipe it of any personal information before getting rid of it. Check here for more information on what electrical items you can recycle.