Challenged to double my recyclable waste with the #irecycleright campaign

Recycling is such an incredibly important thing, not only for us to do as human beings – but for our children to learn, too. I’ll be honest, I was never a good recycler, until quite recently and it’s now something I do religiously. It is also something that I make sure my children join in with, also. It’s best that they learn now, while they’re young, how to recycle. 

I am taking part, alongside the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on their #irecycleright campaign. We have been challenged to double the amount of waste we recycle at home. We’ve also been given the task to create a fun notice board of recycled items as well as sharing ‘Did you know’ facts – keep an eye out for those over on my Instagram Stories, through the week.

Up until recently, we had red kerbside boxes to put our recycling into. I’m not sure what you have where you are, but here in Newtownabbey, it was red kerbside boxes. We could put almost everything into those boxes from cardboard, newspapers, cans, bottles etc. That was all well & good. But watching the recycling lorry every Thursday made me feel a bit sorry for the workmen. They had to put each piece they picked out of the boxes into a certain compartment on the lorry. Which, I assume made their job a little bit longer and a little more tedious too. 

So, when I got a leaflet through the door informing us of a change, I was intrigued. How we recycle was getting an upgrade. Helping households not only recycle more household waste but recycle better, too. We could recycle our old red kerbside recycle boxes and get a set of stackable boxes on a trolley. Which not only looked much better but it was much easier to take it out to the kerb on recycling day, as well.

#IRecycleright campaign with ANBoroughCouncil

We’ve had these stackable recycle boxes for a few months now and I absolutely love them. Do they help us recycle more? Yes! Do they help us recycle better? Yes! Can we recycle more with these boxes? YES! I love that I can recycle my batteries easily, instead of taking them to my local Spar {where they have a battery tower for old batteries}. I also really like that I can recycle clothes without having to trek to my nearest clothing bank. Also, everything is organised – which does wonders for my OCD! 

Over the week’s challenge to double our household recycling waste, I learnt so much – which was amazing. And not only for my knowledge, but for my children to be aware of as well. Through sharing my Instagram story daily tips & facts I became aware of just how important recycling is and if we all did it, to the best of our abilities, then we really could make a difference. 

recycling campaign with antrim council

recycling campaign with antrim council

Sharing my daily tips, and recycling ways via my Insta-stories over the week was very interesting. I found out that 22% of my readers do not recycle their food waste. I also got to know that all over the Uk and all the difference councils, all have their own way of tackling recycling. Some sound good and some need serious work to improve it. Which makes me pleased that Antrim & Newtownabbey seem to have a firm grasp on how we should all recycle. 

#IRecycleright campaign with ANBoroughCouncil

Over our week-long challenge, I learned so much more about recycling that I didn’t know before and we really did double our weekly waste. My key focus was improving our household food waste, which, if I’m honest, wasn’t something we were particularly good at. But we have got so much better and our food caddy is now our new best mate in the kitchen. 

At first, when our large black bin was reduced to a much smaller black bin, I was nervous how it wouldn’t be overflowing by the next bin collection {which is every fortnight}. But due to recycling like absolute legends, we really had nothing to worry about at all. Our non-recyclable household waste fits easily into our black bin and everything else goes into recycling. Which, when I sat down to really think about it – it’s astonishing how much less waste could be going into landfills and how much more household waste can {and should be} recycled.  

A huge thank you to the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council for challenging us to double our household waste. It’s opened our eyes and I do hope if you’re reading this that it will inspire you to recycle right, too. 

*This was a collaboration post with the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council



  1. 14/05/2018 / 9:29 AM

    I love recycling, I figure it’s the least we can do when we produce so much waste as a family. Love those colourful recyle bins. We are only given plastic bags which rip too easily!

    • 15/05/2018 / 11:44 AM

      You’re only given plastic bags to put your recycling into? That’s CRAZY!

  2. 14/05/2018 / 8:33 PM

    really interesting read, I am always surprised about what can’t actually be recycled. It is something I am keen to do though x

    • 15/05/2018 / 11:51 AM

      Thanks. I’m surprised too – but I guess some companies aren’t interested in funding to have their packaging recyclable.

  3. 14/05/2018 / 8:53 PM

    That’s amazing. It’s made me really think about what more we can do now and I’m going to set ourselves a little challenge too.

    • 15/05/2018 / 11:52 AM

      YAY! It really was lots of fun and it really did open our eyes! It’s insane what you can recycle, and sure, the things you can’t is an eye-opener too! But, if you’re doing YOUR PART, then all is good, right?

  4. 15/05/2018 / 9:04 AM

    I am very big on recycling and am amazed about how much there is so it’s scary to think lots of households throw everything in together! We have a specific indoor bin and outdoor bin so we can split things. Great to raise awareness of this

  5. Hannah Fleming
    15/05/2018 / 9:51 AM

    Those stackable boxes are a BIG improvement. In our old house we had the previous style which was a bit awkward.

  6. 15/05/2018 / 11:22 AM

    I love the look of those stackable boxes, what a great way to get you to recycle that also doesn’t take up tons of space outside! Well done on recycling more.

  7. 15/05/2018 / 1:43 PM

    I find it so interesting how different areas have different policies, my MIL cant recycle food waste where as we easily fill our brown bin up each week. We actually have tons of cardboard because of being a blogger and getting parcels I’m always a bit embarrassed by it haha! x

  8. 15/05/2018 / 2:47 PM

    I wonder if other city councils will introduce this campaign? I would love to be part of it. Well don Deb, it’s so so important to raise awareness.

  9. 15/05/2018 / 8:41 PM

    Those boxes look great! I often get confused by what can be recycled.

  10. 15/05/2018 / 8:43 PM

    Such an interesting post, I think we’ve come SO far in the past fifteen years with regards to recycling. I remember as part of my A Level French I studied how the French were so much more savvy when it came to recycling than we were and I’m pleased to see we have been trying to catch up in recent years.

  11. Michelle Murray
    16/05/2018 / 6:16 AM

    Great Read. I am a recycler and I make sure the kids know what to recycle too.

  12. 16/05/2018 / 9:58 AM

    I have always recycled, as long as I can remember and encourage kids to do the same too and other family / friends who don’t. This is so important for our environment.

  13. 16/05/2018 / 10:16 AM

    The colour coded boxes are a great idea to help encourage us all to recycle more!!! I do recycle clothes as we have a large bin in our home where we collect everything but the we have to take it to the local clothing recycling place which isn’t as easy. The boxes are a great idea rather than just collecting one type of recycling.

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