It is becoming easier and easier to recycle. Our council has just increased the number of materials it will collect for recycling. We now have a fortnightly collection for paper, cardboard, glass, cans, some plastics, textiles and garden waste. This is a big step forward and will reduce the amount of stuff going to land-fill. However it does mean that recycling has become an easy option and it can seem ok to produce waste as long as it will be recycled.
Rather than concentrating on recycling, reducing the amount of stuff and its packaging coming into the home is the first step. Using reusable bags is something that seems to have caught public attention and people are becoming more aware of the amount of packaging used, especially food packaging.
Reusing seems to be the stage that gets neglected.
I have been trying to find new uses for things that I usually throw in the recycling bin without thinking, so here is a new (semi - serious) use for an old can.
I lined it with absorbant paper and am growing rocket sprouts to add to salads. Not a great deal of salad from one can but now my mind is thinking about a range of different salads in cans along the kitchen windowsill!