Did you know, every year, billions of cans, bottles, jars and newspapers are thrown away? These items can take years to decompose. By recycling we can help to prevent landfills from overflowing!
Recycling is something most of us know we should do – but maybe just don't do enough. What's preventing you? Is it a struggle to keep your recycling efforts neat and tidy? Do you think it will take too much time? Recycling can be simple and convenient if you pick the right tools and know the rules.
Most of our waste comes from the kitchen – so that is a good place to start. Filling plastic bags with cans and piling up that junk mail on your counter can cause chaos – instead create a system that keeps all those items organized until it is time to dispose of them. Finding the right containers for your family's needs and determining the best placement can make your recycling efforts both efficient and effective. Here are some ideas for you to consider when setting up your own recycling system.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle ...
Many everyday items, such as newspapers, soda cans, cardboard packaging, glass, and plastic bottles, are made out of materials that can be recycled. Recycled items are put through a process that makes it possible to create new products out of the old materials.
There are lots of reasons why you should make an effort to recycle as much as possible. In addition to keeping our landfills from overflowing, it cuts back on global warming, makes us more energy-efficient, improves the quality of our groundwater, and reduces air pollution.
Some Ideas To Make It Simple and Convenient
Determine the best size and type of storage containers to fit your family's needs. The containers should be kept where you generate the most waste – for many, the kitchen or pantry area.
Are kitchen tables and counters a dumping ground for junk mail, magazines, and newspapers? Pick a basket or bin
that you don't mind having out in the open – it will be easier on the eyes and simple for family members to put things where they should go.
make it easy and neat to sort your bottles and paper products as you use them – in the kitchen.
If the have the space to dedicate for all your recyclables, mix and match containers to best suit your needs. Crates, baskets, storage boxes, and wastebaskets all make ideal collection bins – and everything has its place.
Find Out the Rules
When your kitchen bins fill up, move the contents to a storage area until it's time for drop off at the curb or center. Consider the garage, laundry room, mudroom, or utility closet.
Do you need to sort your recyclables? Some towns require items to be sorted while others don't. Consider product options
that allow you to sort and store as you go and don't take up too much space.
Containers should be easy to transport, so look for ones with wheels or easy carry handles. Choose baskets
that hold a lot and also stack and roll to make your work easier. A durable product that easily wheels right out to your curb or car is ideal.
In some towns, you can leave your recyclables in bins outside your home, and they are collected regularly. Other towns have recycling centers for you to drop items off. Residents in some areas face fines for not recycling, so be sure to find out!
If you have curbside pick up, some towns provide containers, while others require you to supply your own. Totes that can withstand the elements
work well for both curbside pick up and with their lids latched on tight, it is easy to stack them and transport them in your car to the recycling center.
Make a Difference!
One person can make a difference and with the right system, recycling doesn't have to be a chore. Recycling benefits everybody and takes only a little trash-sorting and the right tools to put into effect.
Good luck and happy recycling!