5 Must Know Recycling Tips
How much are you contributing to the masses of waste that impacts energy conservation, contamination, natural resources and causes disasters like the Meethotamulla landslide as a result of landfills running at over capacity? By making the decision to implement recycling in your day-to-day life, not only will you reduce your expenditure as making things from raw materials cost much more than if they were made from recycled products, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that by maintaining a greener home you’re preserving natural resources for future generations and not negatively impacting the environment.
Here are five super simple recycling tips to help you get started!
Setup a Recycle Bin in Every Room
Everyone thinks you need just one recycling bin, but the truth is you need more! While it’s common to have a bin in the kitchen, other areas of your home often end up being forgotten and resulting in materials that could be easily recycled ending up being in with other trash.
Aim to place a small bin or box in every room to collect these recyclable materials. For instance, by placing a bin in the bathroom you can can collect cardboard toilet paper rolls, empty product boxes and packaging, while from the bedroom you can collect other items like to-do lists, magazines, product containers etc. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for jars, bottles and cans that make great materials for DIY projects!
Recycle Water Around House
A lot less complicated than you would expect, recycling water before it swirls down your drain and out of your house can be done quickly and simply! Nothing fancy, just straightforward things like watering your plants with the water used to boil pasta or wash vegetables etc. If you’re looking to take things a little further, you can look into setting up your plumbing to allow you to reuse grey water- water which has been used for a single purpose like washing clothes or bathing and this can be recycled to keep your garden looking fresh and green!
Rinse and Repeat
If you’re not doing this already, you should be! Always rinse out containers or any other items with food in it before placing it in a recycling bin. That way you’ll avoid contaminating other items in your recycle bin and will also keep it pest-free and free of nasty smells!
Get Started With Food Waste Recycling
Did you know that organic matter is believed to be one of the biggest contributors to landfills and cause dangerous methane emissions that seriously impact the environment! Composting can be done at home to recycle this food waste as fertilizer and can be done using a DIY bin or a special bin purchased from Arpico or any hardware store. Remember, it is not advised to compost dairy and meat items at home, you should instead stick with plant-based items to reduce smells which can bring in a lot animals.
Recycle Goods That You Don’t Love
Stop hoarding! Commit to regularly cleaning out your home and getting rid of things like clothes that don’t fit, boxes you used in your last move, bath products that you received as gifts but hate- essentially, anything you don’t love! Either give it to individuals that you know would need it, to charitable organizations or make some money by selling items in good condition on social media!
In summary, as you get started with recycling remember to take baby steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed and then slowly expand the initiative! Make it a rule in your house that nothing usable gets thrown into the trash and watch your carbon footprint reduce slowly, but surely!