Recycling Dos and Don’ts for Homeowners

Here is an excellent, brief, a-z guide to recycling dos and don’ts with all the different types of waste you need to keep out of the rubbish bins.

There are many different types of waste that needs to be recycled, but there are some types that are more important than others.

Taking the time to learn about what can and cannot be recycled, can help you reduce your household’s environmental footprint, while still maintaining an enjoyable level of green living.

PLASTIC BAGS

The first thing on the recycling dos and don’ts list is about plastic bags. Every person who uses a plastic carrier bag is encouraged to throw it away instead of taking it to be reused.

This is because there is a higher chance of it breaking and then leaching BPA (Bisphenol A). Breaking down your own bags is much easier, costs less and keeps you from having to spend money on buying more. Make sure to wash them before you re-use them, and recycle any unused ones.

NEWSPAPERS

The next thing on the list of waste diversion dos and don’ts is newspapers. All companies in a local waste district need to have recycling bins for individuals to place their newspaper subscriptions in, along with the rest of their waste.

Newspaper racks are available at most local offices, and if you cannot get one from the waste district, then try to see if the company you work for supply one. You do not have to take this option, however. You can go to the city hall and ask them for information on recycling bins for newspapers.

CANS & GLASS

It is important to learn why recycle cans and glass in your home, because you never know what kind of plastic, glass or paper products end up in the landfills. Recycling programs are an important part of helping to reduce our impact on the environment and also help lower the cost of doing business by buying locally produced goods. In many places it is illegal to recycle some items and those that are recycled can be sold to collection agencies for a profit.

Recycling cans and glass not only keeps them out of the trash can, it also allows you to reuse them. Glass and paper will break down and become useless. There is no need to throw those items away and replace them with something else either. This helps keep our water sources clean as well. A good way to make sure you are being careful about the environment is to recycle items when they are still in good condition.

The two different types of glass that can be recycled are broken or shattered glass. When you break glass, the pieces do not all come out the same way. You may find broken glass on the street, around the house or at the store where you buy it. Broken glass looks ugly and can be hard to clean, but there are companies that can clean it for you. It is important to learn why recycle cans and glass in your home and take precautions against having items lying around which can be taken and used for something harmful.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember that when using recycling, you need to make sure that you are not putting any harmful materials down the drain.

You should also try to take some special precautions when using household cleaning products, such as soap, nail polish and hairspray. It is important to keep these types of items out of a recycling bin, as they can contain harmful chemicals that could seep into storm drains and sewage systems, causing additional problems for local water treatment plants.