There’s enough to worry about during lockdown without wondering where you’re going to stash all of your waste for recycling.
So, we’ve made it as easy as possible with the ultimate list of hacks for storing waste at home, created by the people who know best – our collectors!
- Collect and store waste in cereal boxes, like Noah has done in the very first picture! Once you’ve dropped off your waste or packed it up for recycling, you can either reuse or recycle them!
- Use other types of TerraCycle® waste to use as storage, such as bread bags, You can even keep crisp packets inside bigger crisp packets and double up on recycling!
- If you’re a ‘heavyweight’ collector, organise your waste into different sized boxes, then stack them on top of each other (like Russian dolls). Place a brick on top to compact it all down and save space – et voila!
- Download, print, and stick our accepted waste posters to plastic storage boxes, so that everybody at home knows which waste goes where. No excuses!
- Give a new life to old plastic crates – they can double up as a clever way to sort different types of waste.
- Recycling can be thirsty work, so use large water bottles to collect pens to make them far easier to carry.
- Slot sheets of cardboard inside a container to keep things organised, especially when space is limited or you have a lot of different types of waste to collect.
- TerraCycle®’s very own Lillian made a DIY collection box, perfect for small spaces! All you need is a cardboard box, scissors, sellotape and a flair for craftsmanship. Click here to view the full DIY guide.
- If the shoe fits… keep the box and use it to store your recycling! Shoe boxes are a handy size and fit neatly into small spaces.
- Rinse, dry and stack wet pet food pouches in a small tray so you can squish a lot more in!
11. Squash what you can! Like Pringles tubes, if they’re compressed you can store and package more of them. Press down on the cardboard tube and then using your heel, press the metal bottom flat.
All the tips featured in this article were sourced from entries in the #KeepOnRecycling contest that ran from April – August 2020.
Thanks for reading our collector’s best tips – have you got your own pro-tips to share with us? Comment below – we’d love to add them to this article and create the ultimate guide for collecting at home!