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.
Use dried-out coffee grounds to absorb odours in your compost bin
Invest in a stainless steel water bottle to save on plastic waste
Crush plastic containers to save space in your recycling bin
Clean out jars and containers as solid food interferes with the recycling process
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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