It’s time to stop wasting our waste, it’s only waste when we throw it away.

A great number of nations including the USA, UK and Australia cannot keep up with the volume of their waste, so what do we do; we ship to places like China and 3rd world countries to deal with our problem.

China has recently informed the world

“By the end of 2017, imports of mixed paper, scrap plastics, including PVC, PET, polyethylene and polystyrene, basically a lot of packaging material, will be banned from entering China. Industry bodies have called the measure “devastating”. Source:-Raconteur

On a recent research trip to the UK I heard lots of talk around reduce, reuse and recycling. One major supermarket; Iceland is vowing to eliminate plastic on all own-branded products and Prime Minster Theresa May pledging to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years as part of the government’s environmental strategy. All positive but how can we make our waste a valuable commodity?

There’s a saying “Oils aren’t oils” likewise “Waste isn’t waste”. With a few simple tips we can turn our waste into a valuable commodity.

How to recycle right

When non recyclables go into the recycle bin at home or in the office, the whole truck load can be contaminated; making not suitable for recycling, consequently it is sent to landfill. Getting the right thing into the right bin can make a huge difference to the value of our waste.

With a few simple changes or reminders we can recycle right

  1. Place recyclables loose in the bin, never in plastic bags
  2. Rinse or scrap dirty containers of excessive food before placing in the bin
  3. Save water by rinsing dirty containers at the end of your dish washing
  4. Do not place food solids, green waste (garden waste) or animal waste in the recycling bin
  5. If in doubt ask your local authorities what can and can’t be recycled
  6. Get to know your triangles, it makes recycling a lot less confusing


If in doubt check it out

With all good intentions some things end up in the recycle bin which cannot be recycled. What we can and can’t recycle depends on where you live, some local governments cannot recycle what others can. Each local government negotiates contracts with different waste management companies, so if in doubt check it out.

As there are no standard rules for or guidelines for recycling which cover all our readers in Australia, New Zealand or the USA, UK or Singapore, please refer to your local government or authority

For more tips to recycle right click here

Responsible design

As consumers we have the ability to pressure marketing and packaging companies to do the right thing and design packaging which simplifies recycling. Through good design we can reduce the impact recycling has on our planet. We must demand that packaging is manufactured from the one material, example: PET water bottle, bottle, lid and label are manufactured from the one material (PET).

We can reduce the consumption of PET water bottles by refilling and reusing a bottle over and over again, obviously this does not apply to all packaged beverages, but it will make a difference.

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