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Tips for recycling, reducing waste and reusing

There are many ways that you can recycle household rubbish and unwanted items. Here are our top tips for reducing your waste and doing your bit for the environment.

Recycle your rubbish

  • recycle glass by separating it from your other rubbish and using your parish glass collection
  • buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposable, and then recycle them using the recycling banks
  • recycle all your household metal packaging, ie:
    • cans
    • tins
    • aerosol cans
    • foil
    • foil trays
    • metal lids - aluminium and steel can be recycled again and again
  • recycle plastic bottles - they're made from oil which is a finite, natural resource
  • instead of throwing unwanted electrical goods away, take them to the household recycling centre where they'll be split into their component parts and sent for recycling
  • recycle into the paper banks:
    • newspapers
    • magazines
    • brochures
    • catalogues
    • envelopes 
  • buy a £10 home composting kit from your local garden centre and turn your kitchen and green garden into quality compost

What happens to my recycling?
Parish household recycling facilities

La Collette Household Reuse and Recycling Centre

Reduce your waste

  • avoid goods with lots of packaging
  • stop junk mail by contacting the Mailing Preference Service, or for locally distributed promotional mail, Customer Services at Jersey Post 
  • borrow or hire goods rather than buying
  • buy durable goods rather than disposable alternatives
  • invest in a strong reusable shopping bag or basket instead of using supermarket carrier bags
  • use modern washable nappies rather than disposables (this could save you £500 whilst your baby is in nappies)
  • buy more fruit and vegetables that are:
    • local
    • fresh
    • loose
  • take a packed lunch to work or school in a reusable plastic container
  • combine your recycling journeys instead of making lots of frequent journeys when you don't have much to recycle

Reuse items wherever possible

Reusing is a great way to cut down on your waste. You can reuse items yourself, or pass them onto someone else to use. Make an effort to:

  • reuse carrier bags
  • reuse scrap paper for writing notes
  • reuse envelopes by sticking labels over the address
  • donate old computer and audio visual equipment to community groups or schools
  • buy things in refillable containers eg washing powders
  • take old clothes and books to charity shops, or have a car boot sale
  • look for long lasting (and energy efficient) appliances when buying new electrical items, and ensure these are well-maintained to increase product life cycle
  • use rechargeable batteries - they last for up to 1000 charges and can be recycled afterwards
  • donate magazines to hospitals and waiting rooms
  • try to sell unwanted furniture or give it to friends / charity
  • put unwanted goods on Ecycle
  • buy products that have been made from recycled materials. That way, you are ensuring that there is still demand for your recycled materials
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