While many people today are familiar with the bins seen at the end of driveways on recycling day, there are many more ways to get involved with recycling. Although small steps are great for beginning recyclers, some are looking for tips on how they can step up their efforts.
These five options offer solutions that can be utilized by the entire family:
Part of recycling is learning how to reduce the waste that is brought into the home. Families should try to purchase products that are not packaged in large swaths of cardboard and plastic.
Research Local Recycling Guidelines
Most families know that local recycling centers take plastic, cardboard, glass and aluminum cans. However, many recycling centers also take other pieces of common household waste, such as aerosol cans, plastic bags, household hazardous waste and even clothing.
Some cities offer programs in which old televisions, computers and printers can be brought into a city office for recycling, while others offer one or two days each year when electronics can be recycled free or for a nominal fee. Many technology and electronics companies offer free recycling for their old equipment.
Another recycling tip is to reuse what a family already has. This can be done by re-purposing and painting old furniture, passing down clothing, purchasing clothing from a thrift store and/or finding new uses for things that would normally be considered waste, such as cardboard boxes and plastic bottles for storage.
Recycle at the Office
If you work outside the home, try to encourage the principles of recycling in the office. One way is by starting a recycling bin for copier paper as well as a bin for plastics and aluminum cans in the break area.
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