Metal can be recycled over and over again, which is one reason why it is a more expensive commodity, and it also requires a great amount of energy to mine for metals which is another reason they are expensive. With this in mind, it can be a much more practical idea to simply reuse what we already have.
For example, recycling one aluminium can would save enough energy to actually watch television for three hours. The numbers only grow from here as you can imagine what recycling ten cans a week, and other materials, can do as well.
Every year it is estimated that about 18 billion plastic carry bags are used within the UK alone. Recycling these bags alone could make a huge difference to the amount of electricity that is consumed. By avoiding buying food that is over packaged you can also cut down on the amount of food that you waste.
There are also many different types of plastics out there, by paying attention to the recycling symbols on packages you can make sure that you only purchase foods that come in wraps that are recyclable so that you reduce the amount that you have to throw away.
You can also recycle fabrics to ensure that they have a longer lifespan as well. For instance, if your clothes do not fit right anymore you can donate them or dye them to create new fashions. Older clothes that are beyond repair can be used as cleaning rags or reused and patched together to make padding, blankets, or other items.
You might also want to think about battery recycling because while there are 30,000 tonnes of batteries used in the UK, only about a thousand tonnes are recycled every year, even though many supermarkets have a battery recycling point.