Do you recycle? We do – it’s fairly easy as we have a fortnightly green bin collection, so everything just goes in there. Actually, I’m fibbing a bit. The bin doesn’t take quite a few things that are, more broadly speaking, recyclable such as glass jars and some cartons, so they don’t always get recycled – sometimes, we wash them out and keep them and sometimes they go in the bin *hangs head*
I’m not alone though. According to research from food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak, a lot of us want to recycle, but almost as many are a bit confused about how to get it right.
Overall, 45% of Brits report thinking of those who recycle as ‘better people’ and 84% of us confess to taking note of our neighbours’ recycling habits, so perhaps that’s why 21% of Brits also confess to exaggerating about how often we recycle.
That exaggeration can even stretch to behaviours like putting the recycling bin out when it’s empty purely for show or instructing others to use recycling bags when they don’t themselves. Sound familiar? It seems we all have the best intentions, but it doesn’t always translate into the right actions. But why?
Well, Tetra Pak also took a look at why we don’t recycle more than we might and found that 19% of us put our lack of recycling down to not being sure how and where to do it. Worryingly, this lack of understanding seems to link to more than half the nation (55%) skipping a recycling opportunity.
To help tackle some of the questions around recycling and make it easier to recycle cartons, Tetra Pak has launched a new interactive map to help people find the carton recycling facilities in their local area. You can try out interactive map
Gavin Landeg, Environment Manager, Tetra Pak UK and Ireland said:
“There is uncertainty when it comes to how, where and what can be recycled, with the options available for recycling cartons and other packaging not always being obvious to the general public. Tetra Pak has an objective to double carton recycling and we’re working hard to help make it easy for consumers to do this. As part of this effort, we’ve developed an easy to use interactive map which allows Britons to quickly see how and where they can recycle their cartons in their area
Why not visit the interactive map now and see where your nearest recycling centre is? It might be closer that you think.
This is a commissioned post.