1: Recycle

Simple Thing No.1

Happy New Year! This is the first Simple Thing of our 31 day challenge of New Year’s Resolution:Possible. We will start you off nice and Simple: recycle your bottles, beer cans, plastic cups and containers from last night’s party! See what happens to your recycling in this video or read more in‘Where does all my household recycling go?’ by Westminster Council:

The Recycling Centre or Materials Recycling Facility – how it works from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

Why

Recycling is important and needs to be taken seriously. At Resolution:Possible we are always telling you how we are all connected to others across the world. Not only does recycling help the environment, it also helps people.

  • By recycling glass, copper, gold, tin and plastic (made from oil) we conserve the finite resources of our planet. This way, endless pressure and violent disputes over access to land where these materials are found will diminish.
  • Recycling also helps protect our fragile environment because we need to extract fewer materials from the earth.
  • If we all recycle, the amount of general waste is reduced, ensuring diminishing local council budgets are spent on better things than burning or burrying our rubbish.

So for today, recycle your bottles and other things left over from your New Year’s Eve celebrations. But don’t forget you can recycle almost everything, so let this be the beginning! If you want to learn more about the impact of plastic on our environment, read this recent study which revealed that there are collectively around 269,000 tonnes of plastic floating in our oceans, potentially infiltrating the food chain.

Plastic pieces in the ocean damage wildlife and enter the food chain when ingested by fish. Photograph: Bryce Groark/Alamy

Plastic pieces in the ocean damage wildlife and enter the food chain when ingested by fish. Photograph: Bryce Groark/Alamy

How

Each council, wherever you live, will have their own guidelines on what can or cannot be recycled. You’ll be surprised how much you really can recycle, though, so it is well worth checking out what your council says. recycle; waste; plastic; tin; glass; electronics; recycling   Let us know how you get on today!

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