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Poster reads: Global Recycling Day: Getting the hang of recycling in Barnet

With Global Recycling Day coming up on the 18th March, we wanted to take a look at the importance of recycling in Barnet.

Every year around the world, recycling prevents around 700 million tonnes of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere. Yet Greenpeace suggests that only 10% of the UK’s plastic packaging is currently recycled, with lots ending up in incinerators and abroad.

Recycling is a vital ingredient in creating the circular economy that the planet so desperately needs, so it’s important we understand the recycling system in our local area to make sure it’s working the best it can.

In this article, we’ll explain what can and can’t be recycled in Barnet, as well as share some great initiatives that are going on in the borough to drive up recycling rates.

What can be recycled in Barnet?

Barnet Council has some handy information on their website about what can be recycled in your blue bin.

This includes…

  • Cardboard and mixed paper
  • Cartons, such as fruit juice, long-life milk and Tetra Paks
  • Tins and Cans
  • Mixed glass
  • Plastic: bottles, tubs, pots and trays (with film removed)
  • Empty aerosols

What can’t be recycled?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to recycle everything. Some materials are too difficult to break down and so we should avoid putting them in our recycling bins.

These include:

  • Plastic bags
  • Batteries
  • Nappies
  • Food waste
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Electrical items
  • Plastic toys

Read more about what you can’t recycle in Barnet.

The North London Waste Authority has a YouTube playlist that goes into more detail about each material and how to best recycle it. Videos include How to recycle – bathroom tips and Removing food before recycling

Local recycling initiatives

In Barnet, we’re lucky to have lots of local residents who are committed to improving recycling and sustainability in our borough.

Here’s just a few of the great things going on…

Bin there, Donate that

This project exists to help residents find a better alternative for their rubbish.

From providing inspiration for upcycling, to listing community recycling points, their approach makes sure we’re not throwing anything away that could be useful to someone else in Barnet.

Their Donate List is a really handy resource that explains which items will be accepted at different community organisations, groups and pharmacies.

Meanwhile, they also signpost to local charity shops and the TerraCycle scheme, which aims to provide solutions for hard-to-recycle waste.

Stonegrove Community Trust

Stonegrove is just one of our brilliant community centres that is leading the way in terms of environmental practices.

They have committed to becoming a Carbon Neutral charity by the end of 2023… that’s right, this year! Stonegrove has already installed Heating Save building control systems to reduce energy heating usage by 33%, and is working towards funding solar panels for the centre.

Stonegrove is also a Community Recycling Station, which supports locals to recycle items that the council does not collect. This includes batteries, printer cartridges, electrical items and dental products.

It’s great to see the amazing work going on locally, especially by those in our Barnet Together Environmental Network, who meet every month in attempt to share what they’re doing and make Barnet greener – keep it up!

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