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Introduction to Recycling

Updated on February 24, 2016

How much effort do you put into recycling? Do you and your family have a way to separate what can be recycled from what goes to the landfill? If you don’t then you have to make some changes. Recycling is a rewarding experience and it can really show you just how much you can save. Waste can be reduced by about 80% for the average household or business if effective recycling efforts are in place.

It won’t take long for you to get the process that works for you either. Then you can continue to expand in new directions. Make sure that people coming to your home take part in those efforts too. By the time they leave they may be encouraged to set up their own recycling process at their house.

Today there are many methods of recycling that are very low cost. They often cost much less than it does for the time and raw materials to create new products. They also release less emissions and harmful elements into our environment. Technology can be a good thing but it has also caused us to get into some habits that really aren’t good for us.

For example the use of Styrofoam has been very popular due to the convenience. You can buy cups for example cheap and then toss them out. Yet anything that is made from Styrofoam can’t be recycled. It just sits in the landfills and if you were to lay it all out it would circle the Earth more than 400 times.

For recycling to really be effective we have to take it one person at a time and one step at a time. Once you have it in place at home you can tell your friends and family about it. Bring it up at church, schools, where you have meetings for various social activities, and even online through your social media connections.

You may not know it but up to 4.5 pounds of waste is created every single day per person. Since 80% of it can be eliminated or recycled that means that we are really on a track of creating huge problems if we don’t change. Toss in there the fact that our population doubled from 1950 to 2000 and you have so many more people contributing those high amounts of waste too.

What often holds people back from recycling is getting started. They really don’t know how to make it happen at home. Get yourself some bins from the dollar store and label them. Create one for all of the common items you will need. They should be for aluminum, paper, plastic, and glass. Have one more bin that you can use to store electronics and other items that you won’t need to recycle often.

Simple ways to recycle

You also want to find out where in your community you are able to drop all of these items off. Then when you get a bin that is full you can take it. Today many of those drops are around common areas such as towns, parking lots of the grocery store, and more. Then you aren’t going out of your way to make a drop off. You also want to find out what the policies and plans are in your community for disposing of motor oil, batteries, paint, and tires. All of them should never be going to the landfills. They allow gases and chemicals to get into the air, the soil, and the water. Fighting pollution can be gained when you recycle.

Reduce what you have to throw out and what you need to recycle as well. What does this mean? It involves changing what items you buy. For example look at the packaging when you shop at the store. If the packaging isn’t something you can recycle then don’t buy that item. Use your own bags when you shop so that at the checkout they aren’t giving you plastic bags or paper bags that you have to recycle.

Stop buying soda and water in plastic bottles when you can. Instead use refillable bottles that allow you to take your drinks with you anywhere you want. When you do have to buy such products make sure you are recycling them. While we are on the topic, bottled water has contaminants in it. Too often consumers are misled that it is so much better for them but it isn’t.

Do all you can to stop wasting water as well. Collect what you can from rain and then use it to offer water for a garden or your plants. Make sure you don’t have faucets that leak or water hoses that are left running.

You may not be aware of it but paper is a huge element we use around the world. When it is made trees are cut down, water is consumed, crude oil is consumed, and it takes lots of electricity. The process of recycling paper though is less time consuming. It is energy efficient and it saves both trees and crude oil.

Try to read information online when you can so that you don’t need newspapers and magazines in the paper form. If you do need them that way though just make sure you are recycling all that you can. Use the back side of papers at home so that you don’t waste paper too. Write information on them including your list for what you need at the store. When you print try to always use both sides of the paper.

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Always buy glass rather than plastic products when you can. Many items are offered in both types of containers for consumer convenience. The benefit with glass is that you can recycle it over and over again. It will never lose the value to offer that to you. With plastic though it can only be recycled for up to seven spans and then that plastic is no longer broken down into a form that can be used again.

Keep in mind that electronic items such as mobile phones, batteries, computers, and video gaming consoles can all contribute to landfill problems and to health concerns. They take up plenty of space. They also allow various chemicals such as mercury, lead, and lithium, to seep into the soil, the water, and the air.

Today you will find more recycling programs for electronics than ever before. As the dependency of these items in our society continues to grow you want to make sure that you are able to properly dispose of yours. After making a few phone calls you should be able to find the information you need. In some locations they will also have people that come to your home to get them. They are often volunteers or organizations that want to make sure it is as simple as possible to recycle.

When you decide to get your oil changes by a garage they will dispose of it for you. They same is true if they put on the tires for you or install the new battery. They may change a low disposal fee but it won’t be too much for you to feel that it isn’t worth them doing it. This is also an option you can consider to ensure that those items are going to be recycled.

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