“Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” are set as the Waste Hierarchy..
Yes recycle the things you can recycle. BUT instead of seeing recycling as ‘job done’ and feeling like we’ve done our bit to save the planet, we should all be looking a little bit deeper than that.
We should be looking to Refuse, Reduce and Re-use before we Recycle:
- Refusing to buy the things we don’t need – being more thoughtful and deliberate about the (new) things we buy.
- Reducing our demand for (new) things – do we really need to upgrade?
- Re-using the things we already have: Including Repair, so it’s also about fixing, maintaining and cherishing the things we already have.
Link to article: Why I Think We Should All Recycle LESS For Recycle Week