The team at East Hampshire District Council have put together some tips for how we can be greener and more environmentally friendly.
Fact: Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.
The waste hierarchy is to refuse, reduce, reuse or repurpose, recycle, rot. Some of the best ways you can recycle better is to:
Buy recycled materials
Know what can be recycled and where
Spread the word
Fact: Surfers against sewage currently report 684 plastic free communities, and you can become one, just have your plastic free community leader apply on the website.
Tips to recycle better at work and home.
Remove food and put in a compost bin where possible.
Wash, clean and dry items before putting in the recycling bin.
Flatten boxes down to fit more in the recycling bin, things like bottles and cardboard can take up a lot of space.
Have more recycling bins around your house or office to encourage recycling.
Use old newspapers as bin liners.
If you wish to recycle lids, you can collect your bottle tops and take them to any Lush store to be converted into counter tops.
TerraCycle is a great way to recycle materials which cannot go into your household recycling, find out more on their website. Crisp packets can be recycled at drop off points at Mad Hatters Nursey, Liphook or The Greyfriar Pub, Other examples include Sweet or biscuit wrappers and cat food pouches, just search on the Terracycle website.
To find out more about recycling materials such as batteries, electrical items, light bulbs, oil containers and hazardous waste, visit the Bordon Household Waste Recycling page on the Hants.gov.uk website
You can take clothes to charity shops or donate to companies who gift them to people in poorer countries. If you want to recycle textiles use the interactive online maps at recycle now or recycle more.