Kitley House Hotel is taking care about recycling. We recycle food, cardboard, paper, glass and fats.
Below we placing information about some recyclable materials.
- Glass is separated into 3 colours: green, brown and clear.
- Take great care when handling broken glass, wear gloves if possible.
- Deposit glass at your nearest recycling bank by throwing them into the appropriate container.
- Many supermarkets have glass-recycling banks, enabling you to recycle glass on your weekly shop.
- Most home recycle bins, provided by your local council, usually accept glass.
- Make sure you wash out the bottle or jar before putting it into recycling bins.
- Reuse glass whenever possible. Jars can be used as small containers and bottles can be used as vases.
Composting is an excellent way to recycle kitchen and garden waste. It is very easy to build your own compost bin and use the compost to help your garden grow.
How Composting Works
Composting is the decomposition of materials that originated from animals and plants. These organic materials can be things such as plant trimmings, vegetable cuttings, eggshells and teabags. The composting process produces a dark, crumbly matter that can be used as fertiliser in garden soil. The main stages of composting are:
- Adding organic materials to a compost bin
- Micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, break sown the soft material.
- This causes the compost pile to heat to around 60°C. This is the ideal temperature for micro-organisms to work at.
- The compost pile then cools to below 30°C.
- Small creatures such as worms and insects then break down the tougher material.
- The whole process usually takes about 3 – 9 months, and results in a nutrient-rich fertiliser to use in your garden.
- The compost that is ready to use can be taken from the bottom of the pile, leaving the rest to finish the process.
How to Build a Compost Bin
- You can buy a compost bin or build your own. Compost bins are usually sold at DIY and gardening stores.
- Build a compost bin by creating a frame out of wood and attach it to the ground using posts.
- Your compost bin should be able to hold about 200-300 litres, try and use a bin with a lid to keep out the rain.
- The compost bin should be placed in a well-lit and well-drained area of the garden.
- Try and keep the compost bin out of the wind.
- Improve drainage by breaking up the soil underneath the compost bin.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost
What to add to your compost pile:
- Hair and fur
- Shredded paper
- Straw and hay
- Animal bedding and sawdust
- Crushed egg shells
- Grass and plant cuttings
- Raw fruit and vegetable trimmings
- Teabags and coffee granules
- Horse manure
What not to add to your compost pile:
- Meat or fish
- Coal Ash
- Animal waste
- Nappies and used tissues
- Dairy products
- Cooked foods
- Coloured or treated paper
- Chemically treated wood
- Diseased plants
- Persistent weeds
Paper is separated into the following groups:
- Office paper
- Phone directories
- Deposit used paper at your local recycling bank.
- Most home recycling bins, provided by your local council, usually accept paper products.
- Only recycle gummed paper if specified, such as envelopes and stickers.
- Reduce paper waste by cancelling unwanted deliveries, or read news online as opposed to buying newspapers.
- Put a ‘no junk mail please’ sign on your letter box to reduce unwanted deliveries.
- Reuse paper around the home as scrap paper or packing material. Envelopes can also be reused.
- Set your printer to print on both sides of the paper.
- Buy recycled paper whenever possible.
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