How to make my household more environment friendly?

Okay, I’m going to be honest here. We all need to change the way we are living if we want our planet to survive. We need to do much better, we need to put more effort in living a more sustainable life.

But how? How one does start? I moved to the UK a year-ish ago and I am still figuring a lot of things out. There isn’t really a good brochure on things that are just everyday little things that we should all know about but guess what…we don’t. I am coming from a far less developed country and I am always surprised and amazed by the opportunities we have here if we make the effort in searching for them.

So I decided that I will record my silly journey on figuring out how to reduce my carbon footprint, how I can become a better person in looking after our planet. So here it is, folks…

How to stand up for our environment and for our planet – My peculiar journey on an uncharted territory – Step 1

Disclaimer: I am living in Brighton so all the links will be for the Brighton and Hove Council Site.

Step 1 – Recycling

Go to your council’s website and seek out information on your options. Because guess what? You have a lot of opportunities. So let’s say, for now the only rubbish you have at home is just general rubbish. You are not doing any recycling, composting, just throwing everything in the bin. Why would you be doing this? Common answer is that you were not provided with a recycling bin at your house/apartment…You are not sure which rubbish goes where, not sure on how to differentiate. So let’s dig in!

  1. Order your recycling bin.

Please put the following items into your recycling bin or boxes, they can be mixed together:

  • tins and cans – empty and washed
  • aerosols – empty with lids removed
  • cardboard – flattened and cut so that it fits into the box
  • paper – including directories and windowed envelopes
  • plastic bottles – washed and squashed, with lids removed

Items that you need to separate

  • Please keep glass items like bottles and jars in a black box together.
  • Some items can’t be collected by our black bin and box recycling service. You can recycle most things at one of our recycling centres, or at recycling points in the city.
  1. Walk to the nearest communal recycling bins and divide your rubbish accordingly
Communal Recycling Bins

You can put the following into your communal recycling bins, mixed together:

  • tins and cans – empty and washed
  • aerosols – empty with lids removed
  • cardboard – flattened and folded so that it fits into the bin
  • paper – including magazines and windowed envelopes
  • plastic bottles – washed and squashed, with lids put back on

Please put glass items like bottles and jars in the separate glass recycling communal bins

  1. You can request assistance

Be mindful that it can take up to two weeks for your new bin to arrive, so plan ahead. Stay tuned for more adventures! 🙂

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