Got too much recycling for your bin to handle? Good on you! What a legend. Before you go stuffing that excess into the bin for your regular rubbish, here are six ideas that will help you divert even more from landfill.
As you are clearly a recycling legend, feel free to share any other tips you have in the comments below.
- Squish it. If your recycle bin is always full, you might want to think about squashing it flat before you pop it in the bin. Step on your bottles and cans, unfold boxes and flatten out papers.
- Reuse it. Perhaps there are some things in your recycling bin that could be reused instead. Newspapers make fantastic weed mats under mulch, shredded paper is helpful for managing compost, wine bottles are perfect for iced water or tea, plastic pots can be used for seedlings. If you’re not a gardener, surely you know one?
- Get your craft on. Have you got your own Useful Box, a la Playschool? We do, even though I am 100% not crafty. It doesn’t matter, I sometimes get the box down and the kids have fun pulling everything out and playing with the contents as is. Who needs toys, huh? For genius ideas on loo-roll craft, see here, here and here.
- Donate it. Day-care centres and schools need your recyclables! Collect long cardboard tubes (but no loo rolls), plastic pots, cardboard, plastic bottles, newspapers, scrap paper – they’ll take it all.
- Get more space. If you still have way too much recycling for one bin, contact your council and ask for another (while you’re at it, suggest more frequent pick-ups). You may have to pay a little extra (it costs us $12 a quarter in our rates to have an extra bin), but I say it’s worth it.
- Reduce your recycling. If your recycle bin is always full of one thing, eg beer bottles or pizza boxes, you might want to think about alternate ways to enjoy these favourites. You could make your own pizza, for example, or re-use those beer bottles with some DIY brewing.
What do you do with your excess recycling? Do share :)