Polystyrene trays can't be recycled. Try and avoid buying food and drink which comes in polystyrene! If you can't, put the containers in your rubbish bin. Polystyrene often isn't recycled because it is difficult to sort from other types of plastic waste and easily breaks into small beads which can clog up sorting machines and cause them to break down.
When it comes to home renovation, installing a new water system is a big job. That's doubly true for Londoners, who tend to pay more for a local heating engineer to do the work. Whatever the cost, it's a job that's good for the environment and should help improve the energy efficiency of your property. One detail that can be a bit of a headache, though, is what to do with your old water heater.
There are a few options available, so let's take a look at what they are:
Of course, this was always going to be our first option, so we know you're not surprised we've started here! Recycling your old water heating system can be a big job but it's also one that can save you some money. The hardest thing is if your water heater and tank are in a loft as you'll probably need to take it apart to get it through the loft hatch. This will take time and you'll need to be safe. But, if you can get all the metal and copper parts down from the loft and into a van, a scrap metal merchant will be happy to take them off your hands and pay you something too.
As well as dropping by one of the many scrap metal merchants based in London, there's the option of arranging a collection from a mobile scrap metal merchant. Scrapping the metal in turn for a payment is one way to help pay the installation fee of your new water heater! The scrap metal is then crushed down and re-used. Or, if you've been able to keep some of your heater intact, some dealers might be able to sell it on to someone who can fix it up and re-sell it. Either way, it's being recycled which is definitely good for the environment and potentially beneficial to your wallet.
If you're into DIY, you could repurpose your old water tank and use it for something else in your home. This is a great option if you live in a period property, as you're keeping some of the original parts of the house and letting them live on as something new. One project you could undertake is re-using it as a solar water heater. This is a great option if the tank is in good condition and doesn't leak. Of course, it will take some time, effort and work, but it will be a worthwhile project that will not only add to the energy efficiency of your home, but should help save you money on your heating bills as well.
Another option is to donate your old system, or even just the tank, to a charity. They might have a use for it, or they might even want to scrap it themselves so that they can raise some money for their cause. London is awash with different charities, so get in touch with your favourites to find out if they would be interested in your donation. However they choose to use it, water heating systems are expensive and valuable, so gifting one to a charity, even if it's old, is a good thing to do ( as well as being an eco-friendly option).
As you can see, the options for recycling your old water heater aren't limited to landfill. With some additional effort, you could help your old water heating system benefit the UK's energy efficiency drive and even put some money back in your pocket too.