We all want to do our part to help the environment and not contribute too much to waste, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
Recycling isn’t just throwing your soda cans or other plastic items in a blue container, it’s making little changes each day to help prevent waste and re-use more.
Recycling can seem like a positive but daunting task, but it’s a lot easier to implement than it seems; and fortunately there are several ways to be better at recycling that aren’t a huge adjustment at all.
Here are a few of them that can help you to start recycling today.
Find out what goes where
First things first – it’s important to learn what you can recycle and what you can’t.
According to Waste Management, recyclables that can actually be recycled are metals, paper, cardboard, glass, and plastics. Electronics and car batteries can also be recycled, but not in the same places that household recyclables can be recycled.
Knowing what can and cannot be recycled will help you when throwing things away and what you should save and what is just plain old trash.
Clean it off
Most people are unaware, but if certain things that you recycle still have food or any other type of waste on them it makes it difficult to recycle, and most of the time they end up needing to be thrown away anyways.
One dirty product, or one with food waste still in it, can contaminate an entire bale, containing thousands of pounds of collected plastics, according to Waste Management.
So before you put it in the recycling bin, make sure to rinse out that plastic Milk jug or wipe off that sheet of aluminum foil.
According to EPA, 544,000 trees would be saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels with 100 percent recycled ones.
Those are pretty big numbers if you think about it, and all it takes is replacing a product you use daily with one that uses recycled materials.
We are lucky that we live in a time where finding products made from recycled materials is pretty easy, all it takes is a quick internet search or a look at a label.
Even larger companies can get in on using recycled materials, such as using Bioblend, which can help create plastic out of recycled fibers. Another way is by using recycled aluminum, glass, and electronics.
Whether it’s for your home and business, there are ways to recycle and use recycled materials for anything you do.
Make it easy
We all know that if something is easy, we are way more likely to do it. Recycling can be one of those easy things, making sure it’s going to be something always checked off on your to-do list.
Most cities offer recycling pickup, and most offer mixed recyclables bins, so you don’t even have to worry about sorting what you want to recycle yourself.
Checking your local city’s page or contacting your Waste Management company is how you can find out if that is available to you and also where you can sign up for it.
Learning to recycle doesn’t have to mean changing your entire life; it can be accomplished by just taking a few small steps and making a few small changes.
The result will be you feeling like you are contributing to the health of the planet as well as contributing materials to help run our economy along. It really is a win, win.