Be a Mighty Recycler when working from home this Spring

With many of us working remotely, we’re calling on our staff and students to boost their recycling efforts at home this Spring to help the environment and support Wales’ Mighty Mission to get to world number one for recycling. 

Swansea University is proud to be part of Wales’ Recycles’ Be Mighty. Recycle. campaign, funded by Welsh Government, the nation’s biggest-ever drive to increase recycling. We're launching the campaign at the University on Global Recycling Day, 18th March 2021, to help recognise the importance recycling plays in protecting the environment and our planet.

Fiona Wheatley, Waste and Recycling Officer said: “We’re getting behind Wales Recycles’ Mighty Mission to become number one in the world for recycling. We can all play a part by recycling everything we possibly can at home – whether that’s food waste such as eggshells, fruit and vegetable peelings and teabags from the kitchen, or recycling empty shampoo and shower gel bottles from the bathroom. We’ve shown we have what it takes by having our best year ever for recycling, so let’s continue our mighty effort to lead Wales to number one in the world.”

Wales Recycles figures show that since many of us started working from home a year ago we have become better recyclers, with 92% of us now recycling regularly and over half of us (55%) recycling more than we did this time last year.  But we want to do more and we need your help!

As we continue to spend more time at home, let’s use this time to address our usual recycling habits by ensuring we are recycling everything we can to protect the planet and bring Wales one step closer towards becoming a world-class recycling nation.

From Spring cleaning to cooking, Wales Recycles has shared some top tips on how we can use this extra time at home on Global Recycling Day and beyond, to all make small changes that can make a world of difference:

Go green with your spring clean:

If you’re Spring cleaning, recycle empty cleaning product bottles when they’re finished. Plastic bleach bottles, trigger sprays and furniture polish aerosols can go into the recycling, just make sure they’re empty. Recycling one cleaning spray bottle saves enough energy to charge six tablets.

Clear out your clutter:

Spring is traditionally a time for renewal, so if you are sorting out items you no longer need, check the Wales Recycles Recycling Locator for more information on where to recycle items such as batteries, clothing and small electrical items.

Power up your peelings   

If working from home gives you more time in the kitchen, make sure you put food waste into your food waste caddy. All inedible food waste can be recycled including fruit and vegetable peelings, stalks, eggshells, bones leftover from meat or fish, as well as teabags and coffee grounds. When food is recycled it is turned into renewable energy. One recycled banana peel can produce enough energy to charge two smartphones.

Boss your bathroom bottles:

Don’t just recycle from your kitchen, try the bathroom and bedroom too. Most household plastic items can be recycled like plastic shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gel bottles. Give them a rinse and put them in your recycling bin. It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using 'raw’ materials, so protect the planet from your bathroom by recycling.

Ace your aerosols:

Deodorant, dry shampoo and air freshener aerosols can be recycled. Metal is infinite meaning it can be recycled again and again without losing any of its quality. Join the 73% of people in Wales who already recycle their empty aerosol cans.

 

To learn more about the Mighty Mission and read more top tips, visit Wales Recycles' website, look out for the ads on TV, listen to the radio ad, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BeMightyRecycle