In this section we've included some hints and tips on how to manage your household rubbish. You can find out how to minimise the effect that you have on the environment and how to make your household more environmentally friendly.
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Why Do We Recycle?

Each household produces around one tonne of rubbish every year. In the UK, households throw away over 29.1 million tonnes of waste. That's the same weight as 4.85 million male African Elephants! Elephant recycling fact on

The amount of rubbish that we throw away is increasing for a number of reasons:

  • New packaging materials and technology are being developed
  • Lifestyle changes. For example, a greater reliance on convenience / fast food
  • Increasing affluence, leading to greater consumption of goods
  • Increasing population

Today's rubbish, compared to pre-1960s rubbish, contains more products that don't break down when they are put in the ground. Packaging waste makes up about a quarter of all of the rubbish that you put in your bin. Most of this packaging waste could be recycled.

We need to increase the amount of rubbish that is recycled because we cannot bury or burn rubbish forever. This is recognised by the government who are thinking of ways we can reduce the amount of rubbish that we produce and increase the amount of waste that we reuse and recycle.

However, these changes will not happen overnight. To increase recycling we need to:

  • Collect more rubbish in recycling bins and on doorsteps ready to be recycled
  • Build more recycling plants
  • Educate people about recycling
  • Make sure there are enough rubbish trucks to collect the recyclable rubbish
  • Find ways of turning recycled material into useful items. Did you know, some fleece jackets are made from recycled plastic bottles? Visit the recycled products page for further information

Click here to find top recycling tips for a wide range of materials from batteries to tights!

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