Practice the three R’s…and maybe a fourth

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Before you throw something away, ask yourself if there’s an opportunity to reuse or recycle. Picking the green choice will help lower the amount of material going into landfills. The three R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle provide a blueprint to help make your life greener, along with a fourth – Repair.

Reduce – Less to begin with is part of the solution.  Some of the things you can do include:

  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • Use reusable bags and containers when shopping or packing lunches.
  • Make use of community resources, like libraries or rental stores, to borrow materials instead of purchasing.
  • Bypass a single-use product if a refillable or reusable version is available.

Reuse – Many people throw out items that would be useful to others, leaving our bins full and others wanting or buying new the very things that are being thrown away! Find a new home for your unwanted items, including clothing or household goods, by hosting a garage sale, using an online resale or donation site, or donating to a charity shop. Remember to check these same outlets when you are looking for new-to-you stuff.

Recycle – About 40 percent of what we throw away can be recycled. Utilise your curbside recycling to its fullest. Make sure you’re recycling as much as you can, including paper, cartons, metal, plastic and glass from the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, office and other areas throughout your house. The paper, metal and glass you recycle are manufactured into new paper, cans, bottles and jars. Recycled plastic is manufactured into a variety of items, from toothbrushes to chairs to soda bottles to carpet.

So, those are waste management’s three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. For small appliances, such as blenders, coffee makers, toasters, and curling irons, let’s add a fourth R: repair.

Repair – Small appliances that are not working often need minor repairs or parts replaced. Consider troubleshooting and repair options before getting rid of broken appliances.

When it comes to recycling IT equipment a little more care can be required and that is where Recycle IT 4U can help.

Taking care to dispose of your old computer hardware properly is important both from the viewpoint of the environment and the protection of your data. The components of a computer can include a dangerous mixture of hazardous and toxic chemicals, including lead and mercury. Some of the chemicals may also release dioxins if burned. Ensuring that these elements are kept away from groundwater or from being released into the air is extremely important for the environment. Using a specialist recycler will ensure that that any hazardous materials and chemicals are removed safely and correctly. Based in Telford, Shropshire, Recycle IT 4U was formed in 2004 to help organisations dispose of electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly manner and in accordance with all relevant legislation. We pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.

Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials. We can offer cash rebates on PCs and laptops less than 3 years old, if fully populated with all components and suitable for our refurbishment programme. We can also arrange for the destruction and wiping of unwanted sensitive data. For more information visit our website