As the new year kicks in, Isle of Wight council is asking islanders to make another resolution – to join the local authority in recycling even more and really make a difference to recycling rates across the board. island in 2022.
Although many of us are already doing all we can to recycle at home, we can always do more, says the council.
Natasha Dix, Strategic Head of Contracts, Waste and Environment, said:
“Thank you all for all of your incredible efforts to reduce waste and recycle more in 2021.
“Thank you also to our waste workers for their continued dedication and hard work from collection to disposal and HWRC. Together, let’s make 2022 the year we can really make a difference in our recycling rates.
The Isle of Wight Council has released its top tips for recycling more, wasting less and reusing more in 2022:
Waste less food
According to the charity WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), UK households throw away 6.6 million tonnes of food waste a year, almost three-quarters of which is food we could have eaten. Additionally, a 2019 study on the Isle of Wight found that almost a third of a typical black bin was made up of food waste alone.
In 2022 why not try to:
- plan meals ahead of time, allowing for changes so you don’t end up with something reaching its expiration date before you can eat it;
- make a shopping list and stick to it – avoid “special” offers that encourage you to buy more than you need, like three for two or large multipacks, unless you are sure you will use them;
- serve smaller portions and offer your family an option for a second serving so that if you have any leftovers, they can be put in the fridge or freezer for another time rather than tossed in the trash;
- use your food basket for any foods you can’t eat like vegetable peelings or banana peels. We collect food every week which is then sent to a specialist factory in Basingstoke where it is used to produce electricity or fertilizer for the farmland. If you need a food basket call 01983 823777 or visit iwight.com/waste to order one for free.
Become a recycling superstar
Recycling is one of the best ways to protect the world we live in and minimize our carbon footprint. See your annual waste management services information booklet or online at www.iwight.com/waste for more details on what you can and cannot put in your various household waste bins.
Do not forget to :
- quickly rinse your recyclables. They don’t have to be perfectly clean; a quick rinse in dirty dishwater is enough and also saves water (we don’t want to contaminate other waste);
- get the kids involved and make this year’s recycling really fun.
Safely dispose of batteries and donate unwanted items
Many of us would have received new gadgets or toys at Christmas, which means lots of unwanted batteries. Batteries contain precious metals which can be recycled. Don’t put them in the trash…
- Recycle batteries at your local Household Waste Recycling Center (HWRC) or most supermarkets. In smaller stores, if you don’t see a collection point, ask as it may be behind the counter.
- Plug electrical equipment into the mains whenever possible, reducing reliance on batteries.
- Use rechargeable batteries if you can.
- Look for appliances that use renewable energy. For example, hand-cranked torches or dynamo-powered bicycle lights.
- If you no longer want or need a gadget or toy, why not donate it to friends, a charity shop, or sell it online? Many sites offer this service.
If you would like to find out more about waste management services, including additional free services such as free reusable item collections or bulky waste collections, visit www.iwight.com/waste or read your annual waste management brochure. information on waste and recycling.
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