Why recycling is important

We talk a lot about waste and recycling on our blog, and we wanted to go back to basics this month and talk about why recycling is important.

With recycling being such a common occurrence nowadays, it sometimes feels like the reason behind it has been lost over time.

So, in this blog post, we’ll take a look at the reasons behind us all separating our recyclables from our general waste.

If you don’t currently recycle and want to know why you should, this is certainly the perfect read for you too!

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Everything you need to know about electronic waste recycling

When you need to dispose of your broken or unwanted electronic items, it can often be unclear what options you have.

Due to the harmful chemicals present in electronic waste, it is crucial that it is disposed of and recycled correctly and safely.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about electronic waste recycling and how to dispose of your electronic waste — whether it’s domestic or commercial.

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What is commercial waste?

Commercial waste is any waste produced by a business on its premises. So, whether you run a trade site, an office, a recreation centre, educational premises, or an entertainment establishment — all the waste produced by these places is classed as commercial.

Business waste also includes that resulting from construction, agriculture, industry, and demolition.

There is often confusion around what waste types fall under the commercial category.

Any waste produced by a business — including (but not limited to) paper, cardboard, cans, retail packaging, and food wrappers — is commercial waste.

For this reason, it legally has to be discarded in a certain way. You cannot, for example, take commercial waste home to dispose of in your domestic bins.

Keep reading to learn more about commercial waste removal, the responsibilities businesses have regarding business waste, and how to legally control your waste.

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How to reuse and recycle board games

You may have been cleaning recently and realised how many board games you have.

Often, board games are passed down through generations, and you can end up with piles of games that are either unused or overplayed!

When you stumble across a board game or two that you want to get rid of, you don’t have to just throw them in the bin.

There are a surprising number of options for unwanted board games — we’ll go through some of the best options below.

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What is the difference between recycling and upcycling?

The terms ‘recycling’ and ‘upcycling’ are sometimes used interchangeably but the two processes are actually unrelated and very different from each other.

In this article, we’ll take a look at both and then highlight the differences between the two, while also explaining why each is important from an environmental perspective.

Let’s start with a look at recycling.

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Top recycling tips for Christmas

The festive season is upon us and despite all of our best efforts, it is often a time of utter chaos in households across the country.

With spirits high, it can be easy to forget about the importance of disposing of waste correctly — but with so much additional waste about at Christmas, recycling is as important as ever.

So, read through our tips below and get ready for an eco-friendlier Christmas.

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How recycling in Rome leads to free travel

If you’re reading this blog post, you must be as intrigued as we were when we found out about this innovative recycling scheme in Rome.

We have recently been working on boosting recycling rates in Leeds city centre alongside Hubbub and many other organisations as part of a scheme called Leeds By Example.

This has been such a success that it is now being rolled out in other areas of the country.

An important aspect of Leeds By Example was the variety of bins installed around the city. They were varied to see which became the most popular and therefore encouraged the most recycling.

It transpired that people were most drawn to those that offered rewards, such as money-off coupons. In Italy, they are working on a similar tactic.

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Four things that aren’t recycled kerbside in Leeds

In Leeds, the local council provides an excellent household recycling service and accepted items include paper, cardboard, cans, tins, and plastics 1, 2, 4 and 5.

However, several items in particular confuse a lot of householders. Can they be recycled or not?

We all live busy lives, and this can mean we don’t always check the numbers on plastic against the list provided by the local authority.

Some people may not stop to think about what to do with an item if it can’t be recycled kerbside, either.

This results in items ending up in the recycling bin when they shouldn’t, and items being sent to landfill when they could have been recycled.

Below are four things that can’t be recycled kerbside in Leeds.

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