20 Jan 2022

A recycling New Year's resolution

With the new year now in full swing, the Isle of Wight Council is asking Islanders to make one more resolution — to join us in recycling even more, and really make a difference to our 2022 recycling rates.

Although many of us already do all we can to recycle at home — we are in the top third of council’s nationally for our recycling rate — there’s always more we can do.

Here are our 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 and almost three quarters of it is food we could have eaten.

Furthermore, a study carried out on the Isle of Wight in 2019 found nearly a third of a typical black bin was food waste alone.

During 2022 why not try to:

• plan meals ahead, allowing for changes so you don’t find yourself with something getting to its use by date before you can eat it;

• make a food 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 are going to use them;

• serve smaller portions and give your family an option for second helpings so that if you do have any leftovers, they can be put in the fridge or freezer for another time rather than being scrapped into the bin;

• use your food caddy for any food you cannot eat like veg peelings or banana skins. We collect food weekly which is then sent to a specialist plant in Basingstoke where it is used to generate electricity or farmland fertiliser. If you need a food caddy, call (01983) 823777 or visit iwight.com/waste to order a free one.

Become a recycling superstar

Recycling is one of the best ways we can protect the world we live in and minimise our carbon footprint. Check your annual waste services information booklet or online at www.iwight.com/waste for details of what you can and can’t put in your different household bins.

Don’t forget to:

• give your recyclable items a quick rinse. They don’t have to be squeaky clean; a quick rinse in dirty dishwater is fine and saves water too (we don’t want to contaminate any other waste);

• get the kids involved and make recycling this year really fun.

Dispose of batteries safely and donate unwanted items

A lot of us would have received new gadgets or toys over Christmas, which means lots of unwanted batteries. Batteries contain valuable metals that can be recycled. Please don’t put them in the bin.

• Recycle batteries at your local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) or in most supermarkets. In smaller shops, if you can’t see a collection point, ask as it may be held behind the counter.

• Plug electrical equipment into the mains wherever possible — reducing reliance on batteries.

• Use rechargeable batteries if you can.

• Look for appliances that use renewable energy. For example, wind up torches or dynamo bicycle lights.

• If you no longer want or need a gadget or toy, why not donate to friends, a charity shop or sell them online? There are numerous sites that offer this service.

Natasha Dix, strategic manager for contracts, waste and environment, said: "Thank you everyone for all your amazing efforts to reduce waste and recycle more over 2021.

"Thanks too, to our our waste workers for their ongoing dedication and hard work from collections to disposal and at the HWRC. Together, let's make 2022 the year we can really make a difference to our recycling rates."

If you want to find out more about waste services, including additional free services like free reusable item collections or bulky waste collections, visit www.iwight.com/waste or read your annual waste and recycling information booklet. 

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  • Plan meals ahead, allowing for changes so you don’t find yourself with something getting to its use by date before you can eat it.
  • Make a food 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 are going to use them.
 
Isle of Wight, UK