I was totally shocked this week to read an article about how wrong we are getting recycling.
The reason I was shocked because, I hate to admit it, I am one of the guilty when it comes to putting the wrong items into my recycling containers – and I had no idea.
I have been happily putting all sorts of things into my recycling in good faith, thinking I was doing my bit for the environment. But it turns out I have been doing more harm than good, contaminating the rest of the recycling with rogue items.
According to British Science Association research, most of us are getting it wrong.
Common ‘illegal’ items that are making their way into our recycling include:
- Dirty kitchen roll
- Hand soap dispenser tops
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Plastic bags
- Wrapping paper
- Shredded paper – it falls through gaps in the machine
Ivvet Modinou, of the British Science Association, told The Guardian: “It’s encouraging to see lots of people are concerned about plastic waste, but what you can and can’t put in the recycle bin can often be confusing. The industry as a whole needs to address this issue if we are to collectively improve recycling performance. Manufacturers of plastic products could provide clearer information on packaging and local councils should be actively working to improve guidance for local residents.”