Much of the world’s population is trying to go green these days, and recycling is a large part of that process. There are ways to make it easy so that you can do it effectively without spending a lot of time on it. All it takes are a few simple things and possibly checking on a green blog for even more tips.
First of all, to keep yourself sane on trash pickup day, have your items for recycling in containers that are marked clearly. Call your recycling company and ask which items must be separated. Most companies use machines to do lots of the sorting there so you’ll only have to separate glass and/or paper items. Some items, like cardboard, have special requirements. Asking ahead of time is always best.
Get containers that are roomy enough to handle recycling for the whole week. To make it even easier, choose containers matching the recycled items. For instance, leftover paper grocery bags can hold paper recycling and extra plastic bags can hold plastic bottles. You may want to find out if your recycling company accepts plastic bags. As for things like appliances or electronics, you’ll need to call your local city hall to see how they can be recycled.
Containers need to be easily accessible. You can put them next to the trash cans in high traffic rooms such as your bathroom and kitchen. It’s not necessary to place them all over the house. Just make it easy to find them because that makes them more likely to be used.
Make recycling a game. For instance, see how long you can avoid emptying the trash by separating your recyclable items into the other containers. Get someone else in the house to compete in different types of recycling with you. Maybe you can collect more cardboard than someone else’s collected bottles. Competing just keeps things more fun and exciting.
Home recycling puts you on the path to living a greener lifestyle. Your negative impact on the earth and environment will be lessened and you’ll be reminded daily that you’re doing your part to make these things healthier. It’s not that hard to just throw things in different containers instead of putting it all in one trash bin. When you recycle, you’re helping to reduce energy every day, and that’s definitely a step to be very proud of.