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Ready Set Recycle

READY, SET, RECYCLE

Recycling is as beneficial to your local area – saving councils money – as it is to our global climate. But when space in your home is at a premium, it can be hard to know how to keep waste in order.

Follow our useful tips and advice to help you organise your recycling, plus we show you a variety of products, including recycling bins, to simplify the process.

WINNING BINS

Jamie Oliver chopping ingredients

Space-Saving

Hangs inside cupboard doors for efficient use of space

Tip

Crush plastic containers to save space in your recycling bin

Jamie Oliver chopping ingredients

All-in-one

Combines all of your waste and recycling in one neat unit

Jamie Oliver chopping ingredients

One-touch

Features a multi-purpose drawer that sits at the base and a removable food waste caddy to make recycling quick and easy

Tip

Clean out jars and containers as solid food interferes with the recycling process

Jamie Oliver chopping ingredients

Streamlined design

Combines striking design with function to ensure efficient and easy waste management for your home. Coming soon the Brabantia Bo Touch Bin

DON'T FORGET BIN LINERS

Depending on the type of bin you have, you'll need liners to fit it. Certain brands might require specific bags, while the bin type, compost or plastic recycling, determines which liner material you need

CREATE A COMPOST BIN IN YOUR GARDEN

Keen gardeners know that nutrient-rich compost is an essential for healthy, thriving gardens – plus, it's a great way to recycle food waste. Follow these easy steps to create your own.

Step 1 - Invest in compost bins

You'll need one for your kitchen and your garden. The Eddingtons stainless steel pail is the ideal place to keep your food waste. It has carbon filters in the lid to stop unpleasant odours.

Step 2 - Get set up

Place your bin on bare soil, preferably in a sunny spot. Placing wire mesh beneath the bin helps to stop rats getting in. Make a recess in the soil, place a round piece of wire mesh that's slightly larger than your bin into the hole and place the bin on top.

Step 3 - Activate your compost

Start throwing in food waste – avoid animal-derived products to help avoid attracting vermin – then add in grass clippings or young weeds to activate the compost: this speeds up the composting process.

Step 4 - Maintenance

Keep the compost moist by watering occasionally, and turn every few weeks to aerate the pile. When adding new materials, make sure you mix them in rather than layering on top.

More information

If you want to know what recycling your council collects, or how to reduce your waste, see our handy links below (all of them open in a new window). Please be aware that we cannot be responsible for the content of external sites.

Information on how to recycle any item

Clever ways to save food, and save money

Find out which recycling your council collects

Discover how waste is recycled