According to a BBC poll, 47% of people report having arguments about what types of plastic can be recycled. The reason for the confusion? There are seven different types of plastic packaging and some are recycled more often than others. Also, due to funding and resources available, each local authority collects and processes recycling waste in different ways.
We’re all used to seeing the 3 arrows in a circular icon (♻️). This is called the mobius loop, and while you might think that this is an indication that the item can be popped in your recycling bin, you’d be wrong. It only means that it could be recycled, but whether that can happen depends on the services your council supply. It’s also worth noting that this symbol is unregulated throughout the industry, meaning that anyone can use it. Which begs the question, can you even trust it at all?
Below is a handy chart of recycling symbols that you can refer back to time and again. Checking the labels for these symbols should be the first step in recycling.
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Electronics is becoming one of the fastest-growing solid waste streams in the world. As devices become more accessible and affordable, more and more of these items go into landfills. Technology aims to make lives easier. There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to live more efficiently, but the detrimental environmental effects of consuming electronics at a rapid rate can no longer be ignored.
What’s worse, electronic waste or e-waste has become more rampant in recent years. In a bid to find solutions for frequently replaced electronics, consumers are looking for measures to safely recycle their old gadgets.
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Chemicals from batteries which are incinerated or go to landfill may pollute lakes and streams, vaporise into the air, or leach into groundwater, exposing the environment to highly corrosive acids and bases. So it is best to make sure batteries are properly recycled and disposed of.
Don’t store dead batteries in a drawer at home. Dispose them keeping them in a separate container, otherwise they can contaminate the plastics, glass and cans. We don’t want contamination in the recyclables.
Below, we made a simple guide for you to know how to store your batteries so they last longer, how to test when are they truly empty and which devices might work with half-empty batteries before you can dispose of them.
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Packaging waste continues to be a major concern here in the U.S. and across the world. With so many products moving through the supply chain, the packages used to deliver these products can have a sizeable effect on the environment. Throwing packages away instead of recycling them and generating product packaging from scratch will only make matters worse, boosting carbon emissions and polluting the planet with toxic, non-biodegradable materials. You can reduce your company’s effect on the environment by reducing your packaging waste. From recycled materials to reusable storage containers, you can save money throughout the manufacturing process and show your support for the environment. Learn more about how your company can make a difference.
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Now that climate change is becoming a more predominant focus, world leaders have been announcing policies and promises. But what has been done, and how do the UK compare? Here are the current stats.
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