This should result in the reduction of the article to a form in which it can be reformed into a similar or another useful object e.g. bottle, garden furniture. Although these processes do require energy, they avoid the use of new resources; and in the case of glass for instance, this means less mining of silicates and lime, to which soda has to be added. NB Top Tips on this page are found in, or at the end of, each section.

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Plastic recycling

  • Recycle everything that your council will pick up and separate.
  • When recycling paper remember to check that you are not including bits that cannot be recycled, e.g. you will need to tear out the cellophane windows in your envelopes and place these in the landfill bag; also tear off the gummy strips on self seal envelopes and dispose of them in the same way. If these are left on then that batch of paper cannot be recycled and will end up in landfill. NB the process can handle the water soluble glue on envelopes that one has to lick to seal.
  • Push your local district council to recycle plastic bags and all the other types of plastic that currently they will not accept for recycling e.g. Plastic meat trays.
  • Remember that if you have a compost bin your kitchen waste can be combined with grass clippings and leaves to make an excellent nutrient-rich compost for your garden plants. Just add a sprinkling of lime - calcium carbonate - after approx. every 10cms (4inches). This provides the best pH - not too acid nor too alkaline - for the bugs and beasties that carry out the work of breaking down all the waste. You simply harvest the newly produced compost from the bottom of the bin. Take care to keep the bin closed to prevent rats using it as a nice warm home with dinner laid on.
  • What you cannot recycle try to re-use e.g. all those thin plastic bags that spam mail and magazines are posted in. They do not have holes; therefore, can be used by: dog owners to collect faeces to put in the doggy bins; gardeners to tie up plants without damaging the stems; even in the freezer to store fruit or doggy bones etc. and I am sure there are many other things that you will think of.

Water Recycling

Farm and other businesses that wish to save water by recycling their dirty water, may be interested in a variety of methods that can be used to purify water. Most farmers will be aware of the possibilities of passing their dirty water into a specially constructed Reed Bed, which is an extremely environmentally friendly, if lengthy, method of providing habitat whilst purifying the water. But many will be unaware of the sort of technological solutions that are now being developed. Some of the new companies are developing high tech machinery using advanced chemical processes to purify and remove the colour from dirty and contaminated waters. These can deal with all manner of liquid industrial pollution, and even the slurry from pig and poultry farms, producing a clean potable water with consolidated solid wastes.

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