I started recycling over 12 years ago, at a time when it wasn't a popular thing to do. I remember getting flack for my efforts from friends who may have considered my rinsing, separating and disposing of waste to be eccentric. Even my husband was a bit frustrated by the routine as we had little space for this in our flat. BUT, I persevered and 12 years on, I am happy to report that I have even changed the minds of some of those friends and got them to join in.

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