Most of us want to help the environment today by recycling as much as we can.
Recycling more at home does not require much effort if you spend some time to create a comprehensive recycling system. This system starts with having places to store your recycled materials in the house, whether this is a box, bin or bag. Keep the recycling container next to the trash can and will remind everyone to recycle as much as possible.
Buy recycled paper and print on both sides.
When using paper in the office, print on both sides of the sheet and recycle the paper when you are finished. By recycling one ton of paper, you can save 17 trees, almost 7,000 gallons of water and more than three cubic yards of landfill space.
Recycle your outdated technology.
According to EPA, Americans throw out two million tons of e-waste each year. Avoid adding to that waste by recycling your old technology.
Make recycling bins readily available.
Make sure your home and office are outfitted with recycling bins for paper, plastic and metal. Keep them out in the open and label them appropriately. Sometimes the convenience factor is all that is needed.
Recycle old newspapers laying around the office.
When finished reading the newspaper, either leave it for someone else to read or recycle it.
Look for the recycled option in all the products you buy. It's not just paper that is recycled.
Buy rechargeable batteries.
It takes 1,000 regular batteries to equal the lifespan of one rechargeable battery. When you are discarding your batteries, recycle them.
Reuse your morning coffee cup.
Or better yet, buy a mug to avoid the waste caused by throwing away the paper or Styrofoam.
Here are some simple tips to recycle more effectively at home:
Flatten cardboard boxes so that you can fit more recyclables into your bin.
All plastic bottles can be recycled, from water bottles to salad dressing, so put all of them in your recycling container.It is not just newspapers that you can recycle at home.
Also, recycle wrapping paper, envelopes, birthday cards and phone books. All sorts of cardboard can be recycled, too, even toilet and paper towel tubes.
Most metallic items in the home can be recycled, such as empty spray cans and tin foil, and of course, all empty soda, fruit, vegetable and other food cans.
Keep a space in your cupboard so that you can recycle as you are cooking or cleaning. It will make it easier for you to put the recyclables in their proper place.
When going out, stop at your local recycling center and drop off anything that was not picked up by your curbside service. This lets you fit your recycling into your life, and will also teach your children about the importance of recycling.
If you are ever unsure about what you can recycle, check with your refuse provider website. There should be comprehensive information about what is or is not suitable for your recycling container or containers.
Most refuse providers also have apps for your smart phone where you can check what to and what not to recycle.Glass can be recycled endlessly; it does not wear out after several recycling, so be sure to always recycle your glass bottles and containers.
To help your recycling center and to keep down foul odors, make sure you wash food waste off of any plastic or glass food containers before putting them in the recycle bin.