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What Can You Recycle?

What can we recycle & how can we recycle it? Find out the answer to these simple, but critical, questions here so you can do your part for the environment!


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Many of us are now choosing to recycle our household waste in an effort to become more environmentally friendly, but there’s still a lot of confusion about what can, and what cannot, be recycled. The good news is that many different materials can be recycled, although what we can recycle at home, and what we can recycle at local recycle centers do vary.

Home recycling options will differ based on what your local council will accept, but generally you can recycle the following items at home:

  • Plastic Bottles – including mineral water and other drink bottles, toiletry bottles, and cleaning solution bottles

  • Cardboard – including egg boxes, cereal boxes, and old toilet roll / kitchen roll tubes

  • Paper – including magazines, newspapers, junk mail, flyers, and plain wrapping paper

  • Glass – including glass food jars, wine and liquor bottles, and old mason jars

  • Metal Tins – including softdrink cans, food cans, and tins made from steel or aluminium

Recycling these items at home really can make a huge difference to the environment. You can also do your part by recycling other materials, too. Old clothing and textiles, broken electronics, and furniture can all be recycled at your local recycling center.

Making plastic bottles from recycled plastic uses 75% less energy than it does to make plastic bottles from non-recycled materials!

How Can We Recycle?

Unfortunately, some of what we want to recycle may not be suitable for recycling. This is often because the material contains other materials or substances that cannot be made into recycled material. That’s why it’s so important for us to know how to recycle, and how to prepare our waste for the recycling process.

  • How to recycle plastic – Rinse with dishwashing liquid and remove spray nozzles

  • How to recycle paper and cardboard – Ensure any sticky tape / packing tape is removed

  • How to recycle glass – Rinse with dishwashing liquid and remove corks

  • How to recycle metal tins – rinse with dishwashing liquid, beware of sharp edges

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In the Philippines, we have several choices for how we dispose of our recycling. Scheduled recycling events at popular malls and establishments are one option, but we can also visit recycling centers and local junk shops, or arrange for special collections for larger goods.

Recycling Made Easy!

Recycling doesn’t have to be difficult. By organizing your kitchen and keeping your recycling bins tidy, doing your part for the environment is actually really simple. If you plan on popping to a local recycling center, or taking your waste to a weekend recycling market, it’s a good idea to keep similar materials together for ease. This means that when you reach the recycled paper bin, for example, you can toss your paper collection in without needing to sort through a big pile of cans and glass bottles!

Unfortunately, while many of us are making the effort to do our part, it’s estimated that around 60% of the waste we throw out could have been recycled. But why do we recycle? It’s very important that we learn more about what to recycle, and the best ways to recycle, to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect the future of our planet and set a great example for future generations. For more tips, check out our other recycling article!

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