Top Recycling Tips For Students in Cardiff

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In 2021, Recycle Week runs from 20th to 26th September and is a great opportunity to remind you of all the great ways you can help the environment by recycling.

Recycling in Wales

Did you know that Wales is the 3rd best country in the world for recycling? As much as this is a great accomplishment, there is always room for improvement.

Maybe you’ve lived in Cardiff for a while or you’ve just moved here from a different part of Wales, or even from abroad. No matter where you have come from, it’s great to remind you of the best ways to recycle whilst you’re a student in Cardiff. Here are 5 of our top recycling tips:

1. Know your collection dates

Make sure that you know which weeks your general waste, food waste, and recycling waste are collected in your local area. You can find out this info here. You can also set up text reminders so you’ll never forget!

Food Collection Waste Calendar

2. Recycle as you go

Make sure your your flatmates or housemates know exactly what items can and can’t be recycled. Not only will this help the environment, it will also help keep those pesky seagulls at bay. Remember to check your packaging for recycling info, or if the product and/or packaging doesn’t have any info, you can check the Wales Recycle website which tells you exactly how you can recycle common household items.

Screenshot of Waste Website

3. Have the right bags

Making sure that you have the correct waste bags will help you to recycle. You can find out how to get more bags on the Cardiff Council website here.

4. Thrifting is your bestie

You can save both money and the environment by sourcing things you may need for your student accommodation online or at your local charity shops. You may even be able to get some pre-loved freebies on Facebook Marketplace or from website such as FreecycleFreegle and Gumtree.

5. Reduce waste by cooking together

Sadly, you can always tell when it’s bin collection day in Cardiff as the streets are often littered with rubbish that hasn’t been dealt with properly. The biggest culprit being food waste! Do your part trying to reduce food waste by cooking joint meals with your flatmates. There are some great ideas of delicious meals on BBC Good Food and Love Food Hate Waste. Cooking together is also cheaper and more fun!

3 Students cooking together

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