Waste management and recycling is firmly at the front of the agenda of local authorities across the UK especially with landfill space rapidly running out. Conor Sugrue, general manager at MGB Plastics, UK’s leading manufacturer of wheelie bins, discusses the importance of wheelie bins and kitchen caddies in meeting recycling targets.
It is one of the most iconic pieces of household furniture that is found today in millions of homes across the UK – but one which is now one of the single most important cogs in the UK’s waste management strategy. Since its humble beginnings in the early 70’s, the wheelie bin has become a vital fixture in homes across the world. Although, its early use was primarily for commercial purposes to help transport materials from one place to another, its ergonomic design quickly caught the eye of council officers…
Unsurprisingly, across the UK, many local authorities have made wheelie bins at the core of their waste management strategies. Recycling of waste material has become of the most critical and key issues facing the UK today. By recycling, the amount of waste that is traditionally sent to landfill is greatly reduced. In addition, all recycled material can then be re-used into new and practical objects for everyday use. Therefore, a wheelie bin is the perfect product that can be effectively used for facilitating the recycling process.
However, one of the biggest issues facing local authorities is educating homeowners to make sure they are using it as a way to contribute towards overall waste management targets. The wheelie bin alone cannot help local authorities to meet their recycling targets. But the use of a combination of products to help drive the message home to the UK’s household in a practical manner is crucial. For example, to gain the maximum benefit from wheelie bins – they must be used in conjunction with a partner. Over the last few years, kitchen caddies have emerged as the perfect complement to the traditional wheelie bin.
With householders regularly wasting food, the kitchen caddy was designed to make homeowners think about their food waste even before they took their rubbish to the wheelie bin – and to subsequently slash the amount of food that is sent to landfill. By getting homeowners to practically think about the food they use on a daily basis, and by looking at the food they constantly waste, the kitchen caddy inadvertently has made homeowners think deeper about their responsibilities to recycling and the environment.
With British households estimated to throw away 4.1m tonnes of food each year – the equivalent of £420 for every home – the introduction of kitchen caddies has helped households recycle their food waste. By continuing to highlight the benefits and by continually evolving products such as wheelie bins and kitchen caddies, it has helped and will help to keep the waste management and recycling agenda at the forefront of the minds of today’s homeowners.
Local authorities, private waste management contractors and those in the industry need to keep on extolling the virtues of products such as wheelie bins and kitchen caddies to tackle and control unwanted food waste. Although, it is true that for the UK to make real progress, it will require the collective responsibility of everyone from the homeowner to the manufacturer.
But for homeowners, simply combining the use of a wheelie bin and kitchen caddy is one such practical way that every UK household can instantly start their very own waste management and recycling journey,
not only in helping Britain send less unwanted food to the landfill but do their bit for the environment and make a real impact.
About MGB Plastics
Operating from a modern manufacturing facility in Rotherham, MGB Plastics has the capacity to manufacture in excess of 1 million wheeled bins per annum. In addition to manufacturing wheeled bins and kitchen caddies, we also have a dedicated “in-house” distribution team that have been responsible for the delivery of in excess of 4 million wheeled bins to households throughout the UK.
MGB Plastics Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of One51 group ES Plastics (UK) Ltd. For further information on One51 group ES Plastics (UK) Ltd, please visit the website at www.one51.com