Recycling – The Best Materials to Recycle

Recycling – The Best Materials to Recycle

Recycling has become a large part of life as a community – if you’re seen to be throwing too much away your neighbours will notice, and so will your bank balance. Believe it or not recycling actually allows you to spend less money on products and it also reduces your monthly household bills, not to mention you’re aiding in the preservation and the protection of the environment that we live in.

What Can be Recycled?

When recycling is discussed the majority of us associate the topic with plastics, tin cans and the odd glass bottle; there is more to recycling than this though. The reuse and resale of clothing is becoming extremely popular with companies popping up across the UK advertising the collection and resale of unwanted clothing and materials. By trading in your old clothes for a small amount of cash you are helping to boost the economy and supporting small businesses that specialise in recycling.

Other substances such as grey water can also be recycled within your household; if you have a bath rather than a shower save your bath water and use it to water your garden or your plants. Simple tips and tricks like this can lower the amount of energy you’re using without you having to cut back or greatly alter the way that you are living.

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Recycling Metals

The traditional materials that are often recycled by households include metals; these metals vary as there are many different uses for metal within the home. Aluminium is a common metal as it is found within drinks cans, foil packaging and wrappers for items such as chocolate bars.

Steel is another common metal found within the home, steel is used in the production of food cans and products used for DIY such as nails.

Copper is less common within the home and is usually found in the form of copper piping, guttering and British coins.

Recycling Plastics

Plastics are also common practice when it comes to recycling, but are all plastics suitable for the process of recycling? Some plastics such as PETE 1, HDPE 2, PP 5, and PS 6 can be recycled without issue and will happily be taken by your local council or recycling service.

However there are many types of plastic that are not accepted as recycling centres or by the council, this is due to the toxicity that some plastics contain and the difficulty that they pose when attempting to recycle them.

Plastic bags are not always accepted by the recycling services but are often accepted back by the supermarket in which they were brought from.

If you possess materials that you believe can’t be recycled through the traditional methods, don’t feel that you have to throw them away. Materials can be used within your home for many different purposes, whether it’s to create some contemporary art or a more practical application; you never know when these materials will become useful.

For more information on recycling and scrap metal you can enquire with your local council representatives, but for expert advice from those who specialise in the recycling trade get in touch with us here at Tyburn Metal.