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5 Things You and Your Family Should Know About Recycling

Updated on December 31, 2019

If you have, you may already know how important it is to pay close attention to what you are doing too. This is especially the case for those of you who want to know the effect that your own everyday activities have on these large and every growing problems around the world.

According to the latest statistics, your personal contribution to these overwhelming large landfills is about 100,000 pounds of waste within your lifetime. Therefore, you and every homeowner, business organization and government agency can do your part by simply learning what it means to recycle the things that you come in contact with regularly.

To start, one of the most important ways to address these and other similar issues is to join the go green initiatives that have been established and set forth in the U.S. and many other countries abroad. One of the most important parts is learning how to recycle according to industry standards and those that have been established in your local community's service providers. Having said this, here are some guidelines and effective tips that can assist you in making sure you are doing your part in reducing the numbers in these landfills.

1. Start Off with the Basics of Recycling

After you have made your decision to incorporate recycling into your everyday activities, it is important that you devise a plan that will allow you to take baby steps. Learning the basics first is one of the keys to ensuring that you are doing the best job that you can.

So, you really do not have to follow a plan that is 100% on point with everything that needs to be done. But. establish a plan that will make it easy to make a lifetime transition into recycling as much as you can. For example, some people are passionate about recycling and they may make it a stressful venture that no one else wants to join in.

To avoid these issues and concerns, the process of getting started does not have to be difficult, tedious, hard or frustrating but an experience that everyone can learn to enjoy.

For instance, your family may want to start the process of recycling by simply separating all of the bottled water and soda containers from everything else that needs to be discarded before they are placed in the garbage receptacles.

By using this method, everyone will begin to pay close attention to these specific objects and assist in making this happen as an everyday practice. In this way, these added responsibilities are usually much easier to follow and incorporate into everyday practices of discarding things in the home that is no longer needed or wanted any more.

2. Reduce and Reuse Products in the Home

Once you have got some of the primary basics of recycling bottled water and soda cans down, you can begin to tackle other essential parts of recycling other things in your home, too.

For example, in an effort to reduce the number of materials that you send out to the landfills, you can also begin a practice of reducing and reusing. Though this part of the recycling process may not appear to be related, it is an essential part of limiting the growth of the landfill substantially on a day to day basis.

The typical process of reducing and reusing many of the products in your home entails the following:

  • Instead of tossing the bottled water containers away after no water is left, you can use the same bottle aver again. For instance, if you want to take bottled water with you to work, school and other places, you can refill that same bottle with water from your tap or from water faucet that is already filtered. In these cases, you will not only reduce the volumes of bottles that you recycle on the outside but also save money on buying bottled water from your grocery stores.
  • Just like you reuse the containers from bottled water, you can do the same for other objects in the home too. For instance, instead of buying several small bottles of shampoo, you can buy a large container of shampoo that you can reuse over and over again.

3. Know What Can Be Recycled Curbside

Now that you have learned a few things about the basics and how to reduce the number of objects placed in your recycle bins, you take what you have learned to another level. One of the best ways to move on from the basics to a more graduated recycled process is by learning how to prepare your recyclable items for them to be picked up.

With this part of the recycling process, you will be learning how to break down the items in your home into different specific set categories. What you learn, however, should be based off of your local service providers and their specific guidelines and procedures.

So, it is best to find the particular program that they are adhering to when you begin to determine what needs to be done.

To get started, here are some of the basics that will most likely apply to the programs that you will be following. In this part of the process, you will become familiar with these 4 main categories of recylables.

Glass Recyclables

Just like you can recycle plastics, you can recycle glass objects too. In fact, to find out which ones are actually acceptable in your local recycling program, you should look for this particular information to determine which glass containers can be placed in your recycling bins.

Fortunately, most of the glass objects are recyclable and acceptable in service center pickups as long as they are not broken or shattered. Broken glass is not accepted since they can be made of different colors and are much more susceptible to producing batches that are considered to be already contaminated for these kinds of processes.

It is also important to remember that you should rinse out the glass objects before placing them into your recycle bins. These can should also be dry for easy transport so that no one has to deal with unnecessary liquid spills along the way.

Plastic Recyclables

Because there are so many different types of plastics on the market today, it can be hard to differentiate between those plastics that can actually be placed in your recycle bins for pick up in the centers. Fortunately, manufacturers around the globe are helping to solve and address these concerns by placing specific numbers on their products.

Most of the plastics that are considered to be recyclable have specific numbers on them. Therefore, if you want to know more about them, you should look at the bottom of your plastics to see if they have made for this process. The numbers that you will see on the bottom of a recyclable plastic is between the numbers of 1 to 7. This is because some of the plastics that have been made are not of the higher quality so they can easily crumble. If you have a container filled with disposable utensils that have been made of low quality plastic, these items should not be placed in your recycle bins.

On the other hand, if you really do not want to place them in the garbage can goes directly to your local landfills, you may want to talk to a representative of your local grocery stores to see if they collect these types of plastic utensils in their stores.

Paper and Cardboard Recyclables

If you have a lot of books, magazines, junk mail, and other paper and cardboard objects around your home, these are also good items to recycle in your own recycle bins. Before placing them in your bins, however, you need to prepare them in advance. For instance, you need to make sure that you get rid of paper and cardboard items that have been saturated with grease stains (i.e. pizza boxes and the like). Also, food boxes that have liners in them should be pulled apart to get rid of any liners that were originally attached.

Aluminum Recyclables Recyclables

As a general rule, you may find that your local service providers will accept any and all-aluminum cans and similar materials, especially since they are also recycling friendly. Before placing them in the recycle bins, however, you should rinse out all of the liquids (orange juices, apple juices and etc) that attract various kinds of insects like bugs and etc. To make them easy to carry away, you can make your own space savers methods by crushing up the cans.

4. Recycle Furniture

Before you drag that old furniture out that you really do not want to land fills, you should remember the old rule of thumb that states, what may be junk furniture to you may be a gold mine for others.

Fortunately, this statement is still true, and people all doing much more today with old furniture items than ever before to save money. In some cases, people can save hundreds to thousands of dollars by using old recycled furniture to furnish their homes. With this in mind, here are some of the best ways to ensure that you can recycle the furniture that you have in your home.

Repurpose the Old Furniture in Your home

Yes, you do have the option of throwing the old coffee table away. However, when you look at that old coffee table again, you may find another important use for it that can actually save you money. For instance, you may want to paint the coffee table white instead of brown and use it as an ottoman in your family room, especially by adding upholstery on the top to update it.

Donate the Furniture to the Salvation Army

When your furniture is too old for your purposes or you cannot think of any use to re-purpose it, you may not have to discard it by throwing it in the landfill. Instead, you may decide to donate the furniture to Salvation Army so that someone else can make use of it in their homes. This is especially the case for those of you who have kept these items in very good condition. Keeping things in good condition it a must too since there are some standards that this furniture must meet before the old furniture is accepted in these centers, too.

Take it to a Recycle Center

Or, if you choose to do so, you may simply carry your old furniture to one of the largest recycling centers in your local area. Prior to transporting your items, you will need to find out what their requirements are before you make this as your final decision.

5. Recycle Old Appliances & Tech Products

With the huge amounts of innovative technology that’s used around the world today, updates in appliances are seen as a more favorable buy. Unfortunately, as the older appliances are no longer in need, the landfills are still filling up.

Therefore, the need for an alternative solution is also recycling. To find out the appropriate ways to recycle these items, however, you need to review your state’s EPA requirements like RAD (Responsible Appliance Disposal).

© 2019 Junie Rutkevich

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