The ways in which to recycle your household waste below each provide a creative, unusual, inspired or even lucrative way to rid yourself of your rubbish, broken items and garden garbage.
- Upcycle It
From unwanted furniture items ready to be thrown out to broken and /or outdated furniture heading for the same fate, before binning it, consider instead the fact that book cases can be made of old wooden ladders, coffees tables created out of crates, dining tables fashioned from old doors and chairs made of suitcases. Meanwhile, furniture can just as easily be turned from outdate to updated, as well as entirely repurposed. Despite this, millions of use fail to see the potential in our old furniture and household ‘junk’ because we haven’t the time, tools or inclination to set about upcycling it.
Fortunately, a number of companies in 2016 have sprung up to save the day (and the planet!); Refunk Your Junk, for example, aren’t just a furniture supply company who sell upcycled and rescued furniture and household items, but who also take, repair, restore or repurpose and return old ‘stuff’. What’s more, Refunk Your Junk will come and collect items for free. So, even if you want rid of furniture to make way for new decor or an interior update, don’t throw that old furniture.
- Reuse It
It isn’t just old, broken or worn out furniture we are all guilty of tossing on the scrap heap; from empty baby lotion bottles to bottle caps, just about everything we throw out has more than one use – even when empty, used or broken. Don’t believe it? Give the Twisted Sifter website a look and specifically their article: 50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things. From using marbles to plug the holes in your fence to making guitar picks from credit cards and cable tidies from loo-roll inner tubes, the article is irrefutable proof that just about everything we throw out needn’t necessarily belong in the bin.
Still not convinced? For even more ideas, including how to reuse just about everything from shattered plant pots and worn out flip-flops to broken umbrellas and dilapidated books that even the charity shop can’t sell, read the 100 Ways to Repurpose and Reuse Broken Household Items article featured on the DIY n Crafts website.
The beauty about so many of the ideas contained in both ‘how to reuse’ articles is that they involve using otherwise junk that can be easily and many cases even instantly put to use and do not necessarily require a person to get all green fingered, reach for the glue or otherwise get crafty.
- Reduce It
Recycling needn’t end at your front door, or even your back one; for those who are green fingered or simply those who happen to own a garden, there are a myriad of ways to cut your household and too garden waste by a substantial proportion by simply making use of your garden. To learn how to do exactly that, give the blog article: Tips for Reducing Your Garden Waste currently available to read from Reds Skip Hire in Basildona look. Many of the tips are also fantastic as they are easy and involve not even having to leave your own back yard to dispose of much of your waste – and in an ecological and sustainable way.
Further, reducing your garden and household waste (including food waste) doesn’t just cut on what you stand to otherwise throw out daily, but can even save you money. Getting into the habit of composting, for example, means that you will be effectively be creating your own garden and plant food, which will save on buying it and on having to dispose of all the packaging that comes with doing so – much of which is often not recyclable.
Meanwhile, water harvesting will cut the amount of water you are using from the tap to hydrate your plants and simply using table salt as a natural and more ecologically friendly weed killer wont just keep the weeds (and costs) at bay and veto the need for harsh chemical weed killing products, but will also help to keep the slugs away. Hence, reducing your household and garden waste is not just about cutting the amount of rubbish that ends up on the landfill, but about saving yourself some money and time, and making your garden a truly green space – in every sense of the word.
- Sell It
There are instances in which recycling doesn’t just stand to save you money or save the planet, but can even potentially make you money. In fact, one of the major companies which buys recycled items we here in the UK simply leave out for the bin men is eager to put a stop to our habit of throwing out our broken items and used up packaging – and not only because it is bad for the planet; throwing out empty bottles made of just about any and every material, for example, is bad for business. Worse, it is paramount to throwing out money when instead you could be literally selling your rubbish on.
Hence, why not look into selling your plastics, paper and metal? To see what you could stand to make, visit http://www.redsskiphire.co.uk/ where you can get a quote and learn more about the potential there is to make money from your household waste be recycling it.
- Donate It
Most of us are aware that furniture, appliances, clothing and even packaged food can be donated to charity shops, organisations such as the YMCA and local food banks. Too often though we deem old clothing, blankets, pillows and bedding as unfit for donation. Hence, instead it goes straight in the bin.
For those not interested in getting crafty and creating new blankets, restoring, repairing or repurposing old fabric, clothing and bedding, that’s fine – but before you consider binning it, consider donating it to your local dog, cat or animal shelter.
As explained via the Green-Talk website, whilst people might no longer have a use for old clothing, blankets, bedding and even table cloths, animal centres can very often use these to create warm, comfortable and cosy beds and kennels etc. After all, it is estimated there is up to 7 million cats and dogs alone in shelters within the UK right now. That means 7 million blankets are needed to give each just one. And blankets wear out fast and need replacing frequently. Further, because most shelters are operated at least partly through public donations, funding and support, this is one way to help out not just people in need, but our furry friends too.