A Londoner’s Guide to Better Rubbish Removal and Recycling


Recycling is covered for all households in London by your local borough council. Despite the availability of these services, 4 out of 5 Londoners do not meet the higher standards of the rest of the UK. From reducing household waste to junk and rubbish removal in London, here are some top tips for recycling more conscientiously for a greener and cleaner community and city.

Reducing Household Food Waste

Despite local councils having implemented food waste removal in some areas, many have more scattershot collections or none at all. Although food waste can be unavoidable (think of bones, skins and shells of items), much of it is absolutely preventable. Households in particular account for 50% of UK food waste in total, with companies and industries taking up the other proportion. We recommend planning ahead when preparing meals so as to avoid food waste, by eating any leftovers and cooking the right amount of food so as to avoid having to throw anything away. If you live in a communal area without a food waste collection, consider implementing a composting unit for use in the garden. Helpful websites like Love Food Hate Waste help break down the effects of waste and how to reduce it, including useful recipes for leftovers.

Rubbish Removal in London

Bric-a-brac, broken furniture and household items are all easily recycled through both your local council and firms like Junk London working ethically on rubbish removal in London. Just about anything can be recycled and kept away from your rubbish bins, even if it is broken and seemingly without use. Rubbish that is carelessly thrown away will end up either in a landfill or being incinerated, both of which are harmful to the environment. Furthermore, by recycling your junk you are not only keeping the city and country greener and cleaner, but you are also encouraging energy conservation for businesses; it is far easier to reuse and recycle than it is to extract raw materials alone. With the convenience of firms like Junk London, you can rest assured that rubbish is disposed of responsibly without the eye sore of a skip. Just choose a time and a member of Junk London will dispose of your items.

Recycling Plastics

There is no getting around London’s obsession with plastic bottles. In 2017, the use of plastics had reached unmanageable levelswith the Thames literally brimming with used plastic bottles. Because plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, consider replacing all plastics with permanent flasks and tumblers when out and about. Perhaps worse to think of when consuming plastic bottles of water is the increasing prevalence of consumable micro-plastics, the results of poorly managed recycling schemes and disposal of waste. If you absolutely need to use bottles — whether plastic or glass — use them responsibly by placing them in the recycling after washing them out.

Thinking For the Community

Recycling and rubbish removal in London are not just topics for industry people, environmentalists or councils to mull over and solve, they require the help of everybody in the community. Not only does waste look bad, but it is extremely bad for our health and ecology. By taking steps together, you can send a message to the politicians and council members that recycling, waste and its removal are core moral issues of our time. Ordinary people taking action for household waste makes a difference.

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