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Recycling and Living Sustainably in Sheffield

Importance of Living Sustainably and Recycling

Though some people may deny our effect on the planet's climate, most sensible people are both aware and care about our impact on the environment of our beautiful world. It may seem like each one of us is too small to really have an impact on this, but every great revolution starts on an individual level. Sheffield has the most trees per person in all of Europe, quite a cool fact and if we wish to look after our beautiful, green city and indeed the rest of the world, it starts with taking responsibility for your own waste on a personal level as a student, graduate or professional in your home and everyday life.

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Why Recycle?

We all know that recycling is good for the planet, with recycling, a substantial portion of our waste is broken down into its original elements. It is then used to produce new materials, so we reduce the harmful waste that we discard into the environment. But here are some other benefits of recycling that you may not have thought of...

  1. It contributes to our economy! Recycling conserves resources saving money, creates jobs in the UK and generates revenue.
  2. It reduces our need to buy raw materials, making us less dependent on other nations and saves the UK's money.
  3. Ethical reasons. If we do not recycle and conserve our resources now, there will be none left for our future generations.

So here we have some great reasons to start recycling if you haven't already!

Helpful Tips for Recycling in your Student Home in Sheffield

Although we all have every reason to recycle, sometimes it just feels like a chore, so here are some helpful tips that will make it easy to make your student flat more eco-friendly...

  • Keep your blue box inside the house or flat, so you don't have to go outside everytime you want to separate your rubbish.
  • Get to know your bin and recycling collection dates, perhaps write them down and stick them on the fridge, on the flat's calendar or set a reminder on your phone. To find your collection dates, click here and enter your details.
  • Crush your cans, tins, bottles etc. to save space in your blue bin or box.
  • Stay on top of your bins. Not literally, but make sure you put your bins out the night before collection. It's so easy to miss a couple of collection days and before you know it, there's a mountain of bin bags and recycling outside your house. Staying on top of this makes it easier to live and makes your student home a lot nicer.
  • Make sure you put your waste in the right bin, check the poster below demonstrating what can and cannot put in the recycling bins.
    Recycling bin guidelines and tips by Sheffield Property to Let

Other Student Tips to Reduce Your Waste

Recycling isn't the only thing you can do to help protect the environment, to reduce your personal impact on climate change there are many other simple things that you can do...

  • Buy reusable products, re-use water bottles etc, look for longer lasting products rather than disposable items. This will reduce your personal waste.
  • Don't get straws with your bevvies. between the US and the UK, we throw away nearly 550 million plastic straws per day, most of them ending up in the ocean.
  • Buy your stuff in bulk where you can.
  • Choose products with minimum packaging.
  • Take your own bags to the supermarket.
  • Buy used products or borrow products from friends and family rather than buying new stuff every time.
  • Maintain and repair your products, rather than throwing them away, learn how to fix it yourself!

As has been stated already, it's hard to believe that one person makes a big difference, but it always starts with you! If you want to have a greater impact, share this article and these tips with your flatmates, friends and family. We all want to preserve our beautiful natural world and protect it for generations to come, if you want any more help or tips, get in touch with us here.

One final personal tip, when you've finished your four packs of beer or cider, cut the little plastic rings with scissors before recycling or binning them. This may seem like the smallest thing you could do, but even if you don't recycle the plastic, you could stop one of these little cuties from getting trapped in one, you still have made an amazing impact! Think of the little things ...

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