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Useful Tips on Recycling at Home

by Sylvia Fredericks
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Recycling at home is a great way to make use of the substantial levels of waste that every household creates. Of course, every household has large amounts of waste that has to be disposed off. And while this waste cannot completely stop, a large proportion can be recycled so that it helps us and our environment without causing too much damage to it.

If you want to start recycling at home, below are a few tips that could help you do so.

First, you can start by keeping different recycling bins for different kinds of materials. Before taking out the trash, try sorting them out into the recycling bins and see what can be recycled and what needs to be thrown away.

Newspapers are delivered to almost every home. What we don’t pay attention to is that these newspapers can be recycled to make new newspapers, without having to cut down more trees. You can do the same with magazines, books, envelops, computer paper etc. Other items like milk cartons are recyclable as well. So you can put that in a recycling bin as well. Corrugated cardboard is something that can be recycled too.

Only glossy or plastic coated cardboard is not recyclable, so that will have to be disposed of through the normal rubbish bin. All plastic items should be recycled and not thrown away. You need to check with your local recycling center about the kinds of plastic items they take in to be recycled.

Once you know, you can take your plastic households to them accordingly. These plastic goods include standard plastic bags, polypropylene bags, zip loc bags, plastic bottles and Styrofoam products. Glass can be recycled too, so sort out your glass waste according to their color i.e. clear glass, brown glass and green glass. Other common household waste that can be used for recycling are food cans, aluminum cans, spray cans, paint tins and copper based waste as well. These items can be used for recycling and can be reused to make other products.

Electronic items are sometimes thrown away by some people, most of these can also be recycled too. You can either give them away to those who can still use them, or sell them off. This way, they are reused and are a form of recycling. Contact your local recycling center to find out what stuff they accept to be recycled and you can deliver it to them all in one go.

Recycling at home is not only about just giving away stuff that can be recycled. You can promote recycling by using recycled products as well. Recycled paper, toilet paper are all examples of recycling for the home as well. All it takes is a small change in your usual habits for you to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach towards the way you live your lives and the amount of waste you dispose off into the earth.

By recycling and doing you own part, you can make this world a better place. Recycling at home is definitely something you should try and recommend to other people as well.

Updated: May 16, 2013 — 11:49 pm

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