With Autumnal mornings and nights slowly drawing in, it’s a clear sign that the seasons are changing. But, from a recycling and energy saving point of view what steps can you take in Autumn to make the season greener and prepare for winter ahead?
The transformations that take place around your garden and home in Autumn can create plenty of excess waste. Not only does your wardrobe begin to change but with the plants in the garden coming to the end of their lives there is much to do. We’ve split our seasonal tips into garden and home.
In the garden
The items that you plan to discard in the garden can be turned into a rich and nutrient filled enhancer for your soil and lawn. With your gutter and backyard cluttered with leaves there’s plenty of material to use for composting. Use a compost bin for raked and collected leaves, which also helps to keep these materials out of landfill, to produce an extremely effective garden conditioner, you’ll be amazed at how green your garden will be with the aid of the compost you produce.
Cool, dry Autumn days offer an ideal time in which to paint garden fences or the exterior of your home. To help cut down on wastage you could maybe offer any unused paint to your neighbour for them to do their side of the fence too. Alternatively you could take any excess to your local recycling facility. Research suggests that the average UK household stores up to 17 paint tins that are unlikely to be ever used again. With most containers made from metal these can be easily recycled, just take off the lids and let the paint dry out for a few days before taking them to your local facility.
If you keep any toys or garden furniture outside make sure they’re stored or covered well, ready for the coming months to ensure that they’re ready for the long, hazy days of summer next year.
Around the home
The change in temperature outside will lead to major changes in your wardrobe. If you’re making way for winter clothes be sure to either pass your unwanted summer clothes onto someone else or use your nearest recycling bank. There are also many charities who might be thankful of items you’re not going to use anymore.
If you’re stocking up on winter items look to buy products made from recycled materials. You might find a snow shovel that is made from recycled plastic or even clothing and fleece blankets that have been made from recycled plastic bottles.
If you have a tiled roof, check thoroughly for cracks or missing tiles that might compromise your energy efficiency. You could use recycled rubber or plastic to help with any necessary repairs.
You might also want to check that your home insulation is fit for purpose ready for winter. In some cases recycled paper, glass and other recovered materials can be used as replacements.
As Autumn advances your energy requirements will change dramatically. If it’s not one extreme in this continuous global changing age, it’s another and you need to be ready to minimise the amount of energy you use as much as possible. Simple checks and repairs can cut down on usage and costs significantly.
Operating right through Autumn and beyond, RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system. To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.
We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.
An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and description of all the items collected.
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