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4 ways to recycle your waste and stop it going to landfill

4 household items we aren’t disposing of correctly and 4 ways to dispose of our waste to be recyclable.
Happy International Recycling Day!

This journey to be sustainable - not only as a company but as individuals -
turned Char and me into recycling geeks. The other day, we were
researching the process to recycle bottle caps and found out that they are
too small to be identified, so often end up going to the landfill. We started
to think of other household items that probably end up in landfill because of how we dispose of them incorrectly.

So I thought I would put together a guide of the correct way to dispose of 4 household items and how to ensure that they can be recycled.


1 – Bottle Caps

How to recycled Bottle tops by From Belo

We never knew what to do with our bottle caps and always felt guilty throwing them away. They are so small that they are unable to be processed at the recycling plants. But our friends have taught us a genius way that you can recycle them.
First - Put your bottle caps into metal cans. Once you’ve filled a can halfway with
caps, crimp the can closed so the caps won’t fall out during recycling
collection or processing at the facility. Trapping them in the can ensure
the caps are captured properly and reach the end cycle of the sorting
process. Remember to not overfill the can with caps or you won’t be able
to crimp it closed.

That’s it! Now you can recycle those metal bottle caps! 
 

2 – Light Bulbs

how to recycle light bulbsPhoto by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash

Not all light bulbs can be tossed in the bin. Energy-efficient bulbs like CFLs
and some LEDs contain materials that are harmful to the environment if
not disposed of properly.  And also, by disposing of it properly, makes it
easier to re-use the valuable materials from dead bulbs.
Only incandescent and halogen bulbs can be disposed of with your regular
trash. This is because they do not contain any harmful chemicals or
components that require special handling. 
Because most fluorescent lamps (CFL) and tubes contain potentially
harmful substances - particularly mercury, lead, and cadmium – they are now classified as hazardous waste. Although this is completely safe for users of the lamps, they must be collected separately for disposal. This ensures that valuable parts of the lamps, such as glass and metal, are not lost. Every compact fluorescent carries an end of life recycling fee and you can find your local recycling point by clicking on our WEEE compliance scheme website.
 

3- How to recycle Shiny Wrappers?

how to recycle foil wrappers by from beloPhoto by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
 

We never knew how to spot whether the shinny wrapper was aluminium
foil or plastic film. Recycle Now gave us the answer: Do the Scrunch Test!

So what is the Scrunch Test?

Scrunch the wrapper in your hand - if it springs back open it’s not recyclable foil.

Ok, so what's next?
How to properly recycle foil:
Rinse or wipe off any crumbs or food residue from foil trays. To rinse just
dunk the tray in the washing up water - no need to run the tap. And, for
the bit that we didn’t know: scrunch kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and
wrappers together to form a ball - the bigger the ball, the easier it is to
recycle.
As well as foil, you can usually recycle these other aluminium items: drinks
cans, screw-top lids from wine bottles (recycle with the bottle - the cap
can be left on), takeaway containers and barbeque trays.


4 – How to recycle Aerosols?
How to recycled aerosols by From Belo
Photo by Aleksander Naug on Unsplash

Ensure aerosols are completely empty before recycling. Do not pierce,
crush or flatten aerosol cans. Detach any loose or easily removable parts,
such as the lid, and dispose of them with the rest of your recycling 
It made me a bit frustrated the fact that I was disposing of things wrong,
thinking I was actually helping the environment. But, we live and we learn.
The important thing is to always keep educating ourselves. When waste is
disposed of properly, it helps ensure that these items can be recycled,
preventing additional pollution and landfill use.
At From Belo, we use recycled and repurposed materials to make our bags
to reduce the need to produce new or raw materials. By reducing this

need, we can cut down on air pollution, water pollution, landfill use, and
even greenhouse gas emissions.
This is our way to make a positive difference and impact the environment
for the better. If you want to find out more about our materials, click here.


with love

Maria

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