Increasing Awareness of Recycling in the UK

In 2015, recycling rates in the UK have seen a slight drop. The UK is one of the most progressive nations on Earth when it comes to recycling. Hence, after seeing figures dropping from 44.8% to 43.9%, calls to action started immediately.

Although it was a slight drop, it is still considered an embarrassment among the British people. This is true especially since they consider themselves one of the leaders in this industry.  The UK has also set a target of recycling at least 50% of its household waste by 2020. This drop in the recycling rate will most likely let the UK miss the target.

Immediate changes

Since this report came out, changes were made immediately. Campaign efforts to promote recycling were intensified. Both governmental agencies and non-government organisations launched more efforts to make more people aware of recycling and the benefits they can get from doing it.

The problem with the idea of recycling for some people is not that they don’t want to do it. They just don’t know what can be recycled and how to do it. This must go back to awareness drive first. This is why newer campaigns are more targeted. Instead of simply telling people to recycle, the goal is to give them better information about recycling, so they can easily do it at home.

There is confusion

According to surveys, there is still a huge percentage of British families that are confused on what to place in the recycling bin. In as much as they want to take part in the effort, they don’t have enough knowledge to do so.

The good thing is that with the efforts to provide more information to the people, figures became better. It was revealed that in 2016, the items thrown by people have significantly dropped in terms of the overall weight. This only means that a lot of households have decided to recycle some of the items they have instead of throwing them away.

Commonly recycled items

There are a lot of items that can be recycled even if they seem to fit in the garbage. Paper is one of them. You can shred and sell these papers. There are shops willing to buy them per kilogramme so they can have the paper recycled.

Old batteries and other old electronic devices may also be recycled. They are considered hazardous waste. They are not supposed to be thrown away. There are electronic companies that would like to buy them. These items still contain something useful. The old parts may be used in creating new devices.

Finally, you can sell old mattresses. If you want a mattress that is best for back pain, go ahead and get one. Just don’t throw the old one away. There are people who are willing to buy this old mattress for a reasonable cost.

If you can identify the items that can still be recycled, you can contribute in increasing the recycling rate in the UK. There is still a chance to achieve its recycling goals in the future.

Also see: How Bad a Problem is Deforestation Really?

Arthur Tahauri

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