In a rare piece of good news, it seems that household recycling rates are on the increase in some parts of the UK, with new research revealing that eight out of ten councils have seen a hike in the amount of waste being collected since the outbreak.
Figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) show that the amount of recycling collected has risen by as much as 100 per cent in some areas, while half of all councils reported they were collecting up to 20 per cent more for recycling than normal. And a third said they were collecting up to 50 per cent more.
Environment spokesman for the LGA David Renard said: “Councils have kept waste and recycling services running during the COVID-19 outbreak, working hard to keep staff safe and deal with high volumes of household waste normally only seen at Christmas.”
However, we still have a long way to go. Currently, the UK recycles just under half of its waste, according to GPT Waste, and with so much more waste being generated in ordering deliveries, it is important that we all do our bit to get on top of waste management.
To help you recycle more and produce less waste, it’s worth becoming very familiar with what your local council is and is not able to recycle (rules vary around the country and also change over time) and share what you learn with others in your household. Try to get into the habit of it every day so you don’t have a build up of items to sort through at the end of the week. Having dual or three compartment bins can be very helpful to separate your waste and also prove very useful when it comes to sorting