Recycling: rules, symbols and tips

Take a tip from Aimbassador Evie and get to know your recycling

It's Earth Day, and as you might have guessed, that's a big deal for us at AimHi! While we believe that every day should be Earth Day (and to be honest, for us it is), we think that anything bringing care and attention to the planet is to be celebrated. To make Earth Day even more productive, we asked our Aimbassadors for their top tips on saving the planet... and we were not disappointed. From eating seasonally to having difficult conversations with friends and family, our community of Aimbassadors contributed some smart ideas. One of the ideas that really caught our eye came from Evie in East Sussex. Question: do you know your number one plastics from your number sevens? No? Don't worry - recycling can be mind-boggling. Luckily, we've got Evie's top tips to help you sort through it.

Get to know your recycling

  1. Familiarise yourself with the rules for recycling in your local area: different recycling banks will have varying specifications for the materials they can recycle. Remember to do this if you've recently moved: you might be surprised (or horrified) by your 'new normal' recycling routine.

  2. Ensure that everything you recycle is clean. Did you know that if anything perishable is left on your recycling, it risks not only contaminating that item but also possibly other recyclable waste?

  3. Familiarise yourself with recycling symbols. You’ll find lots of different symbols on food and item packaging, and these will indicate what you should do with the product when you're done. However, many of them are very similar. For example, the UK divides plastics into seven categories! This means it’s useful to familiarise yourself with symbol differences. Try finding a page with symbols for recycling in your country and saving it a bookmark on your phone. That way, you'll be able to look up symbols with ease.

If you are based in the UK, you can discover recycling symbols, and what they mean, here. For more information about the Aimbassador community, click here.

Learn more ways to make a difference by booking onto our climate course, here.

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