Whereas disposing of waste in a landfill site was a common form of waste treatment in the past there is now greater awareness of the ecological damage this was causing the environment. Dangerous and harmful chemicals and other materials were routinely being disposed of in the earth, and the upshot was damage to the environment as a whole.

In the home we can recycle a lot of the material that we gain as routine – much of it from products using excessive packaging – while on a commercial basis local authorities are committed to recycling on a large scale wherever they can. Simple to break down products such as paper and cardboard, glass and some plastics go into your allotted recycling bin, yet it is still suggested that up to 60% of the contents of the standard rubbish bin could also be recycled.

What Can I Recycle ?

Every time you shop for groceries you are buying products and taking home materials that will need to be recycled. A great proportion of the goods we buy at the local supermarket come with cardboard or plastic packaging, and these days it is required that this must – in most cases – be suitable for recycling. Your 'green' bin will be supplied with instructions as to what can be recycled and what cannot be put in it for disposal.

With other items such as electrical devices these too can be recycled, but the right way to do it is to take them to your local waste disposal centre and put them in the correct place for collection. Computers, TV's, kitchen appliances and more can all be recycled in this way.

In the garden you can help by creating a compost heap where garden waste can be recycled in the most efficient manner, and can be used again for your own benefit! Waste food can also be used in composting.

How Else Can I Help ?

By being more careful with your grocery shopping you can cut down on packaging; buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of boxed, and look for packaging that clearly states it can be recycled. The move away from hazardous materials and products to less harmful alternatives also helps, and with items such as batteries and other potentially toxic items take them to your local waste disposal centre where you will find excellent advice on how to tackle recycling in the best way.