Recycling and how we can get better at it here 

By | July 26, 2018

I tended to think we were pretty good at recycling in our house.

We have a de-clutter a couple of times a year with piles made, labelling them as:

“keep” (but only if the items are actually going to be worn/used), 

“sell” (for anything that could either be auctioned online or head off to a super-duper lady near us who specialises in listing and selling on clothing), 

“charity shop” (usually toys/books/DVD’s) or 

“bag” (which is a waste removal service using a huuuuge bag instead of a skip, recycling 80% of contents).

We also have a weekly recycling collection via the council, a two weekly garden waste collection, pass all carrier bags and plastic packaging to our grocery delivery driver (and it gets turned into tabards), glass jars/bottles/light bulbs head off to the glass bins (usually a lot of bovril jars as that is all T will eat on toast/bread) and a compost bin in which we pop vegetable peelings and, as the bunnies’ run is soil-based, their “dirty” soil and sawdust goes in there too when they get cleaned out.

I don’t throw out any ends from crochet projects either, they get put into a plastic jar and used for keyring stuffing or that footstool I want to make one day.

All good eh? You’d think so, but there is an area of our recycling which lets us down.

That of single-use plastic bottles. T has them for his plain waters and I developed a taste for unsweetened lemon and lime water during my post-op recoveries. Yes, the bottles are recycled weekly but I feel and know that we could improve on this and do we really know what happens to our recycling anyway? 

The pictures of litter-filled coastlines where the tides bring in multiple plastic are disgraceful and should be spurring everybody into action, not only for us now, but for future generations.

There is a very obvious, immediate answer here and that is to move over to tap water and bottled squash, but the pictures you see of multiple use bottles with the uncleanable components inside and the obvious risks to health put me off.

A potential solution, which solves both the need for single use bottles and the sometimes metallic taste in tap water would be squash or fruit juice that can be diluted, cups with a lid and (I saw these in a store the other day) stainless steel straws and filtered water, the latter could be made in a jug stored into a fridge, thus keeping taste quenching cool for when needed.

  
Win, win, win with a clearer conscience and  water filter answers as long as I can get T on board *thumbs up* 

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