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How to recycle 6 ways to recycle correctly at home

If you think you don’t have enough space, or you don’t know the right way to recycle at home, don’t worry. We’re here to help - for your sake and for the environment!

Learning to recycle is simply fundamental. It certainly is if we want to be people who are committed to the environment, if we want to take care of our planet and to slow down the rate of climate change. According to a document approved by the European Parliament, by 2025 all member countries of the EU must recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste. And by 2035, that percentage must rise to 65%. You can help to reach or even surpass those figures by learning these easy ways to practise recycling at home. “The planet is home to us all!”

1. How to recycle, reuse and reduce waste at home

The first thing to bear in mind is that not everything is based on recycling, but on what are known as the “3 Rs” which sum up a sustainable lifestyle: recycle, reuse and reduce.

So, we don’t simply deposit every item of packaging or food in the correct bin, but we also reduce food waste, avoid buying packaged foods, stop using plastic bags, etc.

Try using one bin for each type of recycling: with the largest bins being used for packaging (although we do recommend that you fold packaging as far as possible, to save space) or bottles, while the smaller bins can be used for organic waste or less common waste.

This image seems fantastic to us: a small piece of furniture with drawers for things such as glass, light bulbs, paper and cardboard. If you add a drawing or a word so that you know what goes in which of the drawers, it will be even easier to identify and organise for every member of the family. Easy and functional!

2. Recycling bins for small spaces

If you think recycling is only for those whose kitchen is large enough for several bins, size has nothing to do with it! Even if you only have space for a single rubbish bin, you can recycle. If you get some KADORNA waste sorting inserts you can easily sort the different types of waste (organic, glass and packaging) in a single bin.

3. Alternatives to rubbish bins

It doesn’t have to be a rubbish bin: we also have other options for sorting the different types of waste. A brilliant option if you have space in your kitchen cupboards, but you want something
“flexible” are cloth bags like these. You could also use baskets meant for dirty washing, to sort bigger items such as newspapers, assorted paper, cardboard, packaging, glass bottles on one side and plastic on the other, etc.

With a few simple hooks, you could hang them on the wall, provided that you won’t be putting too much weight into them.

4. IKEA bags for what you can reuse

There are things that we reuse constantly, such as newspaper, cloth or raffia bags for supermarket shopping, or empty glass jars.

We have found that the most practical thing is to hang up a couple of FRAKTA bags for these kinds of things, so that you can easily reach them whenever you need them. Have them to hand!

5. How to recycle correctly at home

Nobody is born knowing how! That is why it’s very easy to make mistakes when we start out in the world of recycling. We’d like to give you some important tips for effective recycling:

  • You must not put food waste into the bins for paper, cardboard or packaging. Check that the packaging you put into the relevant bin is as clean as possible, and it definitely mustn't contain a large amount of food residue - this should go straight into the bin for organic waste.

  • Used serviettes cannot be recycled: although it may seem a little confusing, used serviettes must go into the bin with organic waste as they cannot be recycled as paper.

  • Polystyrene trays are considered to be plastics: the little tray that usually holds chicken, fish, etc. Don’t throw it into the organic bin with your food waste! Wash it well and put it with the other plastics.

  • Don't throw batteries into the rubbish bin: Never throw batteries into the rubbish because they are the most polluting form of waste! Recycle them in the proper place. When you have several of them, deposit them in the containers that you can find in some businesses in your town, or in bus shelters, etc.

  • Medication can also be recycled: just like batteries, medication must be recycled correctly. Take them to any pharmacy; there they will have a place where you can leave the medication and the staff will dispose of it.

6. Here’s a special trick! Coffee and bicarbonate of soda to counteract unpleasant odours

By the way... How many of you keep the organic waste bin under the sink? It’s very common, just like the bad smells. But there’s a solution! If you’re a coffee lover, a good way of preventing bad smells is to sprinkle it over the rubbish. And what if you don’t like coffee, or you have a capsule coffee machine? Bicarbonate of soda does the same job. A sustainable way to prevent unpleasant odours! So, you won’t be tempted to throw the organic waste away “halfway through” just because of the smell...

If you have found our tips interesting and you’d like to find out more about recycling, click on this link and you’ll find all the information you need.

    We love it when our customers use our products creatively. You can be bold too! However, you should bear in mind that any changes and modifications you make to IKEA products will prevent them being resold or used for their original purpose and therefore such changes will invalidate your IKEA commercial warranty - and your right to return the item.