Which is what Columbo always said as he walked away from the murderer – but it is also the theme for this year’s National Zero Waste Week
And before you think your ‘one more thing‘ can’t really make a difference; if every household in the UK recycled ‘one more thing’, the total amount collected for recycling could increase by more than three quarters of a million tonnes.
So what are you going to do? Could you recycle just one more thing in your daily routine? You can choose anything you like such as:
- Find out what can be recycled at your kerbside and make full use of facilities
- Check your local recycle banks to see what you can recycle locally
- Start a compost heap
- Take home your recyclables instead of using litter bins when out and about
- Check out the helpful website
We are very fortunate here in the village with the recycling available to us via our regular kerbside refuse collections – glass, cans, some plastics, paper, card, textiles, batteries, garden waste – and I was impressed by the food waste recycling collection available to Mags in Belfast and Liz in Southwark.
Our local Council Waste Site [I don’t think we are allowed to call it The Tip anymore] will recycle all these things
and probably more! and even the non-recyclable hardcore, rubble and flat glass (such as window panes, mirrors, fish tanks) which goes to the Waste Site is sent to landfill sites, where it is used to form a protective cover to prevent landfilled waste blowing away and creating litter.
The Great Loft Sort continues in this house – and I have just found a box of ancient video tapes which can be recycled, rather than just thrown away. I know I have been back from holiday for almost a fortnight, but I am being super diligent about not putting any boxes back up unless I have checked that the contents are worth keeping. There are so many boxes that this is taking rather longer than I had hoped.