The average UK household produces around one tonne of waste every year, and collectively this adds up to a whopping 31 million tonnes of domestic waste being produced annually. While many of us are making conscious efforts to recycle and reduce our waste, there’s always more to be done.

There are many quick and easy ways to increase your recycling efforts and reduce the amount of waste leaving your household, and many will become second nature once you’re in the habit of it. If you’d like to know more about how to increase and improve your recycling efforts, see below for our handy guide.

Set up a compost

You don’t even need a garden to set up a compost bin, and if you don’t have one already, now’s the time to start. Almost all food waste can go into your compost, including egg shells, coffee grounds and vegetable peel, and it will break down to create a useful fertilizer for your garden or indoor plants.

Choose recycled products

Where possible, choose recycled household goods, such as toilet paper, kitchen towels and recycled plastic containers. These products take far less energy to produce and it saves the need to mine and produce more virgin materials.

Upcycle or donate

If you bin unwanted items like clothing or smaller furniture, chances are that they’ll end up in landfill. It’s worth taking the time to donate your clothes to a charity shop (or take them to a designated clothes recycling bin), or see if you can pass anything on to family and friends. Plenty of old furniture can be upcycled too; for example an old chest of drawers makes a quirky and stylish planter for your garden.

Make it fun

Younger children might not understand the environmental importance of recycling, but if you make it into a fun game then they’re far more likely to pick up good habits early on. Place colourful recycling bins in prominent places and challenge them to see how many recyclable materials they can find. You can also emphasise the importance of recycling by using old egg cartons, toilet roll tubes or plastic bottles in arts and crafts projects.

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