Recycling used to mean reusing such as the earlier practice of reusing items such as milk and beer bottles which were sterilised and then refilled with the original product..
Sadly in the UK. the verb recycle g has degenerated into the Newspeak meaning of presort into the council supplied containers so that the salvageable items are not simply adding to the mounting landfill crisis. This crisis has been exacerbated by the apparently endless increase in the amount of packaging used by the retailers who claim customer demand. If you. are young and have never shopped anywhere but a UK supermarket then you will not remember the time when stuff was bought by weight rather than by packet. This is largely, but not solely, how most people buy foodstuffs nowadays and the packaging is usually designed so that you buy more than you wanted or needed.
There are places called ironmongers that will sell you a pound of nails rather than a number of packets of nails and also markets where you buy by weight rather than packet. Who actually prefers to shop like this? The large retailers such as Tesco prefer the packaged method and assert the same all the way back through their supply chains using their awesome power to bully suppliers into submitting to Their terms for homogeneity in everything so that everything is suborned to making stuff look good on the shelves regardless of quality, texture and taste. The customers are assuaged into believing that they are doing their bit for the environment by diligently sorting all the stuff into the correct containers but the reality that far more energy i.e. oil goes into maintaining the nation’s food supply. Simple example – a 38 tonne truck carries more actual potatoes that it possible could carry 38 tonnes of pre-packaged spuds in portion sizes that are cleverly calculated to be too much or too little for end-buyers.
There are ways of genuinely recycling stuff that you don’t need any more – one facility I have been using very successfully for the last couple of weeks rather than binning stuff I no longer use or need,, I have been posting items on the freecycle website closest to me.