Why Household Recycling Is So Important

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By John Haken, Director at at WFDenny.co.uk

The issue of household recycling is one that continues to gain media coverage, and is something that homeowners across the country are asked to consider almost constantly while carrying out their daily chores around the house. The problem is, many families and individuals are still failing to recycle large volumes of items, which is placing considerable pressure on already stretched landfill sites.

But who’s responsibility is recycling? Well, the answer is simple – it’s everyone’s.

Data published in 2016 by Recycle Now revealed that British Households are failing to recycle as many as 16 million plastic bottles every day, amounting to nearly half of the total of more than 35 million that are used and discarded daily.

The campaign group suggested that the number of bottles going to landfill could reach 29 billion by 2020, as widespread consumer ignorance and unjustified fears about contamination when recycling bottles for household cleaners meant that households fail to recycle correctly.

Commonly used items that people do not realise should be recycled include empty bleach, shampoo and conditioner packaging, along with bathroom and kitchen cleaners, and soap dispenser bottles. Only bottles containing chemicals such as anti-freeze should not be recycled.

However, in short, there is simply no excuse for failure to recycle plastic bottles, cans, glass and paper. Local councils have for years provided a near universal recycling solution.

Unfortunately, both local authorities and MPs have been reluctant to highlight the actual scale of household waste, concentrating predominantly on commercial food waste. According to Eurobarometer, household food waste in the EU is 53% of total food waste, compared with the widely publicised 5% food waste from retailers and 12% from food service dining.

One of the issues surrounding household food waste is that many people wrongly believe items have “gone off” when they are still perfectly fine for consumption. For instance, according to Wrap, UK houses throw away 1.4 million edible bananas each year. Many of these could have been eaten or used in cooking.

If nothing else, households need to consider, in these times of low wage increases, that the amount of food wasted per household runs into hundreds of pounds per year. Few of us can afford this level of waste.

WF Denny is a national supplier and distributor of eco-friendly and biodegradable food packaging, as well as standard packaging and catering disposables, with over 90 years’ experience in manufacturing these items. WF Denny also stocks a wide range of partyware for consumers and is passionate about delivering a great service to businesses and the public alike.