• Tara

    Sometimes you can find a nearby business that recycles that doesn’t mind you dropping off in its bins. Whole Foods Market near my house recycles and it’s somewhere I go shop anyway so it works!

    • Becky Striepe

      Great tip!

  • http://www.naturalunnatural.co.uk Megan

    I live in a Glasgow tenement and although we have a council recycling bin its quite restrictive what can and cannot (mainly cannot) be recycled.

    So i found a local company called the Reclaimer who recycle pretty much everything! give you a bag and pick it up from the front of the flats each week for a small fee. So its worth looking for small recycling companies like this in your area.

    Been using them for over a year and never have more than one full bin bag a week. Does anyone know of any tips to make the bin smell less though?!

    • Becky Striepe

      What a great idea! I wonder if you could even team up with other tenants to split the fee.

      As far as smell goes, rinsing your recyclables can help quite a bit. You might also try sprinkling some baking soda in the bottom of the bin. Once in a while, it’s a good idea to empty and clean your bin out, as well. I’d spritz with a 1:3 solution of apple cider vinegar and water, then wipe it down, rinse it well, and let it dry before loading it up again.

  • http://www.naturalunnatural.co.uk Megan

    Yeah i am pleased i found them, i’ve seen a few independent recycling vans whizzing about so seems like there’s more of these businesses popping up which is a good sign :D

    All my recycling is squeaky clean so no smell there. Good tip about apple cider vinegar though – i use vinegar and bicarb to clean certain things and unclog drains – apple vinegar would smell much nicer than malt i think!

    But the bin, ugh! I wash it every week and air it out while burning essential oils in the kitchen area. I know the obvious answer would be to change the bag more often but seems like a waste of plastic when the bins only half full. I have googled around and people say Bicarb is the answer – so i’m going to pour half a tub in there and see what happens.

  • http://jaybanks.ca Jay Banks

    It becomes to be more or less common to recycle everything after usage. Almost every area of homes or condos has its own recycling center here in Vancouver. Well, it is today rather necessity than some occasional fad.
    Actually, try to put a lemon peel inside washed basket, it changes the odour rapidly.