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Recycle Week 2021

September 20-26 is national Recycle Week and we're doing our best to encourage everyone to join us in building new recycling habits that will last a lifetime and help our communities take that one step closer to being sustainable. 

This way we hope to help everyone make one small change in their day to day activities in order to take up one new recycling habit every day, whether that's buying a sustainable reusable cup, taking a monthly trip to the recycling centre or starting a food waste collection bin. Whatever you're thinking of taking up, we're here to guide you through it. 

Why not take our quiz  below to test your recycling knowledge or visit our A-Z for answers to literally everything your can think of disposing. 

We also have blogs on wishcycling  as well as creating new recycling habits to help you on your journey. And speaking of journeys, why not check out where each of your recycling materials go to be processed? 

Take our recycling quiz to test your knowledge

1. Which of these can go in the food waste bin?

Liquids cannot be placed in your food waste bin so try buying smaller quantities in your weekly shop if you don’t always finish it
Correct!
Correct!

2. Which of these items can be recycled at home?

Tetra Pak cartons (that were used for juice or milk for example) can be recycled in north London, so just give them a quick rinse and remove plastic tops or straws.
Just make sure they have no oil stains and remove excess tape, before collapsing and putting in your recycling bin.
Though not collected in your home recycling bin, some supermarkets do accept returns, so ask when you're next in, or give them back to your delivery driver

3. What do you do with old cooking oil?

Liquid oil cannot go into your food waste bin but it can be taken to one of north London's reuse and recycling centres. Once cooled, simply collect it in a plastic or glass bottle. The oil will be converted into high quality bio-fuel for the distribution and power-generation industries. If you cannot access an RRC then decant into a sealable container and dispose of it in your general waste bin.
Please avoid doing this at all costs. It causes blockages in drains and collects in sewers for year to come
Liquid oil cannot go into your food waste bin but it can be taken to one of north London's reuse and recycling centres.
Once cooled, simply collect it in a plastic or glass bottle. The oil will be converted into high quality bio-fuel for the distribution and power-generation industries. If you cannot access an RRC then decant into a sealed container and disposed of your general waste bin.

4. What is the best way to dispose of nappies?

Nappies are made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials. For this reason and for hygiene reasons, they cannot be recycled and should go in the general waste.
Though their packaging can sometimes have recycling symbols causing confusion, nappies contain biological waste and should therefore discarded in the general waste.
Incorrect. These will block up your pipes and cause problems to the sewer infrastructure. Try opting for reusables if you can, as they are far more sustainable and save money in the long run

5. Which of these can go in your recycling bin?

If made of paper or cardboard these can go in your recycling bin. Plastic film should go into the general waste
These can be recycled at home. Empty and rinse well, remove cardboard packaging but labels can be left on.
Squeezable plastic tubes that contain products such as toothpaste or hand cream can only be recycled if they are totally clean inside. Unless you cut them open to remove all the contents, they should go into the general waste
Single use razors contain a mix of material and should go into the general waste or recycled through special schemes offered by Gillette and Terracycle.

6. Which of these are not recyclable?

It's a trick question! Luckily, these can go in your household recycling bin.
It's a trick question! Luckily, these can go in your household recycling bin, after a quick rinse.
It's a trick question! Luckily, these can go in your household recycling bin! Just make sure to remove the plastic caps
It's a trick question! These can go in your household recycling bin, after a quick rinse.
It's a trick question! Luckily, these can go in your household recycling bin! Just make sure they're clean before putting them in.

 

Published
8 September 2021

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