The importance of recycling is something many households are aware of and most are actively making the necessary changes needed to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Standard plastic and glass household items are most recycled due to the ease of placing them into household collection boxes.
However, there are so many other daily used items we can be recycling, we just need to know how.
Below are 7 items you can recycle that you may not have known about before:
Even though you are getting new carpet for your property, it does not necessarily mean your old one has no life left in it.
If your carpet is still in good condition, you can recycle it by donating or selling it to a charity.
However, if your carpet is not in a usable state, it can be taken to a local recycling center or a carpet fitter who can assist with the disposal.
Mattresses have become a key contributor to the UK’s landfill and fly tipping problem.
Whether it is due to laziness or lack of knowledge, many are not attempting to recycle them and choose to leave them on the side of the road instead.
However, by contacting your local waste management company, they will be able to recommend the best way to recycle them in your area.
For example, Mr. Rubble, a skip hire company in Sheffield, recycle mattresses sent to them by shredding the mattresses down, separating the springs and recycling the remaining fabric for horse manèges.
After a good session of drawing or when your children accidentally snap another crayon, it can be tempting to simply throw them into the bin.
However, all you must do is remove the paper wrapper, cut them into small pieces, place into a muffin tin and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until melted. Then, the wax can be used to make a candle, perfect for gifts!
If you are in the UK, many councils offer battery collections in their household collection service.
If this is not relevant to you, you can search for your local electrical recycling centre.
For example, many PC and mobile phone shops now have a battery recycling centre in stores that you can take them to.
5. Credit cards
From credit cards to drivers licenses, we all have some form of rectangular plastic in our wallets!
Most of us will have over 5 plastic cards at any one time and what happens when these expire can be a concern for many.
Every credit card is made up of metals, plastic, resin glass and silicon which are all individually well recycled.
Mixed together, it makes it a bit trickier to separate and recycle.
But, as long as you cut up your card to disguise your personal information, you can send them to a PVC recycling plant.
Because inhalers have greenhouse gases inside their canisters, incorrect disposal can lead to inhalers ending up in landfill and the gases being released into the atmosphere.
Pharmacies are the best place to take your used or no longer needed inhalers as they will dispose of them safely.
7. Running trainers
Trainer giant, Nike have a reuse-a-shoe programme where they recycle trainers and give them a new lease of life.
Simply take your used shoes to a participating Nike store, it does not even have to be a Nike trainer, just an athletic one is fine!
Similarly, in the UK and Ireland, Schuh has invested in their recycling initiatives and has joined forces with Recyclatex, a textile recycling firm to offer a £5 voucher for each pair of wearable shoes that is brought into the store.
Amazingly, they have stated that 98% of the materials from the shoes will be recycled.
Of course, shoes can also be taken to your local charity shop if they are in a good, wearable condition.
Making small but regular changes to our recycling habits is a great way we can all improve our environmental impact.
Start by using these 7 examples and then see what other items you might be able to recycle in the future, too.