Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Here are some tips to help you Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Recycle your Waste Electrical Items
Tendring District Council encourages residents to recycle their old electrical items. Many electrical shops provide a take back service when new electrical appliances are being purchased. Electrical items can also be recycled at any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres or at the recycling bank site at Morrisons supermarket, Little Clacton.
Recycle your Batteries
From February 2010, new laws were introduced which means that most shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries. Most supermarkets and many high street shops will have collection points, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points.
Reuse your Wrapping Paper
It's estimated that more than 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper are used on Christmas presents, using the equivalent of approximately 50,000 trees.
Most people assume that all the left-over wrapping paper can be recycled like other paper. However the majority of gift wrap cannot be recycled because it is often made of poor quality material and can be layered with foil and plastic or covered in sticky tape and ribbons, all of which means it is not suitable for recycling. Rather than putting your used wrapping paper in with your household waste you could try some of the following suggestions:
- Reuse large pieces of wrapping paper
- Torn and small pieces of gift wrap can go through your home paper shredder to make decorative packing for gift boxes and bags
- Use magazines, old road maps and comics to wrap gifts
- Reuse bows and ribbons
- Reuse gift bags
- Iron tissue paper to reuse
- Cover used gift boxes with wrapping paper
- Give your presents in reusable shopping bags instead of gift bags
Use Real Nappies
Every year in the UK, three billion disposable nappies are used. In Essex alone, over 300,000 are buried in landfill sites every day, where they could take hundreds of years to decompose.
The alternative to this is cloth nappies, which can be more environmentally friendly and could save you over £500 compared with the leading disposable brands.
Visit the Essex County Council website for more details. You can also find out about financial incentives, including a £10 refund per year offer.
Want to stop unwanted mail and telephone calls?
Junk mail is termed as unwanted mail, including advertising material and free newspapers. It is estimated that junk mail accounts for 4% of household waste. The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service designed to give the consumer, and in some cases businesses, the choice of opting out of receiving sales and marketing information by mail, phone or fax. They provide information to the direct marketing industry so companies know whom not to contact.
The Royal Mail also offers an opt-out service for unaddressed mail. If you wish to opt out of receiving Door to Door mail items, you can visit their website at http://www.royalmail.com/you-home/controlling-your-mail or you can send your name and address to the address below:
Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
or email: email@example.com The Royal Mail will then send an opt-out form to the address, which the householder must sign and return. Once the form has been returned Royal Mail will stop delivering un-addressed items to the address within six weeks. The opt-out will last for a period of two years from the date that we have received your opt-out form.
Essex County Council also produces a "No Junk Mail" sticker which residents can request. Go to the Recycle for Essex - Junk Mail webpage for more information or to request a sticker.
Reduce - the amount of the Earth's resources that we use.
You can reduce the amount of waste you create by choosing what rubbish you throw away. Waste reduction starts at the supermarket. By making slight alterations to your shopping list you can significantly reduce the amount of waste created in and around the home.
Buy only what you need
Reduce unnecessary waste by avoiding those pointless purchases. Items that rarely get used can be borrowed or shared with others.
Buy products that can be reused
Buy bottles instead of cans and rechargeable batteries. Items such as this create very little waste, as they don't have to be thrown away after they have been used just once.
Buy all-purpose household cleaner
Instead of buying many different ones for each cleaning role.
Buy products with little packaging
So that less packaging ends up in your rubbish bin. For those items you use regularly, buy them in bulk instead of in smaller amounts. This will save you money as well as reduce waste.
Think Before You Throw
Many of the items that you would normally consider as rubbish could be used for other purposes. So instead of throwing items away, reduce waste by using them for other roles.
Paper and Envelopes
Can be used as scrap paper for making notes.
Can be used as pet bedding or to protect fragile items in the post.
Cardboard, Newspaper and Bubble Wrap
Can be used as packing materials. Packaging products, such as foil and egg cartons, can be used for art projects in schools and nurseries.
Jars and Pots
Can be used as small containers to store odds and ends. Jam jars can be used again for home made preserves.
Plastic and Paper Bags
Can be reused in the shops, used as bin bags around the house or as wrapping paper.
Can be used as drainage in the bottom of plant pots or to line the pots of more delicate plants to prevent frost damage to their roots.
Can be used in woodcrafts for making small garden objects such as bird tables or nest boxes. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.
DONATE IT, DON'T DUMP IT - Community reuse schemes
Tendring District Council is pleased to support schemes where surplus household items can be donated and reused through the local community sector.
- Electrical items recycled
- Quality used furniture collected
- House clearance service
- Collection and delivery service
- Light removals
- Free estimates
Contact: Telephone: 01255 863007
Postal Address: Unit 2, Oakwood Centre, Plough Corner, Little Clacton, Essex CO15 9ND
Bits and Bobs @ TREE
Non profit making scrap store working within TREE. Membership is £10 per year. This entitles you to visit as often as you like and take away bits and bobs suitable for use by children in art and craft activities. Donations of items that can be cut, stuck, coloured or created are always welcome.
Contact as for TREE
Tendring CVS Furniture Scheme
A scheme to take surplus furniture and provide it to local people who need it.
Contact Telephone: 01255 476068
Unwanted but useable tins of paint can be placed in the special collection container at the civic amenity and recycling centre at Rush Green, Clacton CO16 7AD. The paint is distributed for local reuse.
Re-Cycle collects unwanted bikes and parts in the UK and ships them to developing countries. Since 1997, when Re-Cycle was registered as a charity, over 9,000 bikes plus spare parts have been sent to six countries.
Contact Telephone: 01206 382207
Postal Address: 60 High Street, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8JE
The Tendring District Freecycle™ group is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! Nonprofit groups are also welcome to participate too!
One main rule: everything posted must be free. This group is part of The Freecycle Network, a nonprofit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Give or Take is a way of getting rid of things you don't need or looking for things you do. You can give away something, look at what others have to give away, or place an ad for something you need. Their web site is a way of finding a good home for something too good to throw away and there is a local Essex wide site available via a link from the home page.
Local Charity Shops
There are many local charity shops that will accept your clean unwanted items for resale.
Jumble Sales and Car Boot sales
Many items can be sold through car boot sales or given to jumble sales. For information on some of the car boot sales in the area, visit http://www.bootgroup.com/.
On line auction sites
You will be surprised what some people will pay for your unwanted item.
Recycle - can the materials be made into something new?
Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards improving the environment. Below are some helpful hints about recycling in and around the home.
Tendring District Council operates a weekly recycling collection service for most households. We collect paper, magazines, and cardboard, cans and plastic bottles on an alternating 2-weekl rota. For more information, including how to check what day your collection is please see our Recycling Collection Service page.
Recycling in and around the home can be easy when you know how. By thinking carefully about what products you buy at the supermarket and how to recycle them is the first step towards efficient recycling.
Find ways of recycling different materials
Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don't often think to do so.
Buy products that can be recycled
When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans.
Buy products that have been made from recycled material
You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
Avoid buying hazardous material
It is difficult to recycle products that contain hazardous waste. Try to find safer alternatives to household cleaners and buy non-toxic products whenever possible.
Make sure you have a recycle bin in your home. Keep it in an obvious place so you won't forget to use it. Tendring provides you with a recycling box that can be used for paper, cardboard, tin and aluminium cans and plastic bottles.
Recycling in the Garden
By recycling garden products, you can help improve the environment in your garden.
Composting is a process where waste degrades into compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow. It is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food. Tendring District Council is working in partnership with Essex County Council and to provide subsidised compost bins to residents.
Grass cycling is an excellent way of recycling grass cuttings after mowing the lawn. Simply leave the cuttings on the ground instead of throwing them away, they will turn into nutrients and act as a fertiliser in the soil.
Recycling in the Community
Tendring District Council provide around 80 recycling points in the area, to check where your nearest recycling collection point is and what materials it takes - please see "Bring Sites Location" (pdf).
Essex County Council provide 5 Recycling Centres for Household Waste in Tendring to check their location, opening times and details of what you can recycle there please see Essex County Council's information about recycling centres.
Other Related Information
Recycle for Essex produce an Ezine, a quarterly publication which is full of useful recycling information, tips and links. Sign up to receive your free copy of the Ezine here.