Recycling happens when you transform usable trash into something new. This concept gives a new mission and a second life to the trash we throw away each day instead of rotting in landfills. Through this, we can save on manufacturing ingredients, materials, and natural resources and, consequently, help the environment in many ways.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we are currently doing a great job when it comes to recycling. We have increased the recycling rate from less than 7 percent in 1960 to the current rate of 32 percent. While the improvement is encouraging, there is still a long way to go. This guide should help you get started recycling properly at home.
How to Recycle Properly
The challenge right now to recycling is understanding how it’s done, what to recycle, where to drop them off, or who can pick them up. We’ll tackle these as we go.
1. Organize your bins at home
Use distinct colors or containers for each sort of trash if you have more than one container (such as a kitchen and a bathroom). That way, if someone has to take out the trash or empty their recycling container, they’ll know where to go. This way you can also help your garbage collector segregate properly.
2. Look for the recycle icon when you shop
Products nowadays all have the recycle icon located at the bottom of the containers or on its packaging. This icon tells you that it can be recycled and how. It also tells you what kinds of plastic or materials it is. Shopping for products with the recycle icon can not only contribute to the environment but also help you save because most of them are reusable.
3. Think twice before throwing it away
As mentioned above, some recyclables can be reused. Containers or boxes can be used as plant pots or storage for other items. Some recyclables can be used for school projects, or maybe local artists for their arts and craft. But what if you want to reuse an item that you’re no longer using? Think twice before throwing it away! You can donate them to charities, and maybe your stuff will find its new owner and purpose. You can contact the local charities in your area and ask what they can items and materials they can accept.
4. Clean before you throw
Make sure your recyclables are clean before throwing them. Empty containers, wash them with water, remove food waste, clean out substances, and ensure they’re not dirty. Dirty recyclables can contaminate others. This can cause them to end up in landfill rather than recycling centers.
5. Know what to recycle.
Did you know there’s a distinction between recyclables and garbage?
Garbage is defined as any product that has reached the end of its useful life and cannot be reused or repurposed. Garbage comprises goods such as paper towels and plastic bags, broken glasses, as well as food leftovers, cardboard boxes, and a variety of other objects.
Recyclables, on the other hand, are things that have been reused and repurposed. For example, jam jars, dressing containers, and drink bottles may all be cleaned and recycled. Soup cans, soda cans, and even aluminum foil can be recycled. You can also recycle your batteries and electronics, both contain toxic substances, so it’s advisable to dispose of them properly at your recycling centers.
6. Know your local rules and regulations for recycling.
Spend some time learning about your local recycling rules and regulations. Find out what recyclables they accept and what products they may collect. Every city is unique, and you want to know what items, materials, and resources you may reuse in your area. Some localities allow a wide range of cardboard and plastic, while others are more restrictive.
Who to Call for a Safe and Responsible Disposal
Many cities and municipalities provide curbside pickup services to their residents, making recycling easy. Residents place recyclable rubbish, such as glass, plastic, paper, aluminum, and steel, in colored waste containers and place them at the curb for collection. While this program is not available in every location, there are waste disposal services available. In Frisco, Texas, removing recyclable goods can be done in just one call.
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