A few years back we got a new wheelie bin system in our area - mixed recycling in the blue bin, garden waste in green and everything else in the black bin.
Greatly encouraged by how much we could now recycle on our doorstep I looked for a way to help me work out what goes in each bin, our local council had supplied us with a poster and list of basic materials but couldn’t find the indepth info that was needed about products, especially ones with multiple materials.
Not managing to find a quick and easy way to sort out my rubbish from recycling, and work out what went in each bin at home I decided to create one that everyone could benefit from - thus Recycleopedia.com was born!
When I first started out even thinking about how Recycleopedia could work, I never guessed how much of my life it would take over! About 5 years ago I started to put together my first plans for the idea, a simple to use search tool that told you which bins to use at home for different items, it grew from there to include not just the main materials like cans or paper that you can find info on anywhere, but separating products down into component parts, and including any recycling locations that could be found - not just at home or council run ones.
It has turned into a massive undertaking and maybe if I’d known beforehand I may not have started creating it! - but it’s working well and now Recycleopedia can search an ever growing database of over 22,000 recycling locations and 5,000 items, letting you know which bin at home to use or a nearest location for products and their parts.
It’s all about sharing and helping each other find places to recycle, and from the start I decided to create a tool that everyone could benefit from. The unique thing about Recycleopedia is that like Wikipedia, all users can search & edit the items and locations listed, and if they've found new products or places to recycle they can upload them to the site, after moderation the new information then gets shared with all other users immediately via the search tool.
In the UK the recycling of waste is becoming a more and more important part of daily life, landfill space is running out fast and costs more each year to use. The recycling of everything is an ultimate goal but in current reality we can all recycle as much as possible every day and cut down waste that gets sent to landfill in the process.
Recycleopedia is not about preaching the rights and wrongs of recycling - although we’ll do our bit! - it’s about making it easier for everyone to recycle as much as possible in their everyday lives.