It’s fantastic that you’re considering beginning to recycle. It may just be easier than you’ve anticipated to reduce the use of plastic, reuse or re-purpose items, donate items or recycle them. You might think that recycling is difficult and time-consuming, but it isn’t once you make it a part of your daily life. Every decision you make will have a long-lasting effect on the environment, and you sure want it to be a good one.
Here are five ways you can start recycling at home:
1. Drop off recyclables at recycling centers
Donate newspapers at animal shelters as they can typically find a use for them to help them keep kennels clean. Drop off plastic bags at grocery stores so they can be reused or recycled. If you don’t need glass bottles and jars, drop them off to properly at the nearest recycling center. Some cities offer curbside pickup of recyclable materials. Select one day each month to take your materials to the nearby recycling center if you do not have curbside pick-up.
2. Buy reusable grocery bags
Buy cotton bags or reusable bags for grocery shopping so that you don’t need to take plastic bags during checkout each time. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. You can also participate in your city’s recycling program which will often free or low-cost bags to support a good environmental cause.
All printer cartridges are recyclable, so once the ink is over, you can refill it. Depending on your use, buy bulk containers of ink since they don’t dry up quickly. Do the same for hand wash, and body wash containers so that you are creating less waste.
4. Reuse as much as possible
Instead of buying food that comes in plastic or paper, purchase food that is packed in glass containers. You can use the glass containers to store various foods in them or even grow herbs or create a terrarium in them. You can also decorate and paint the containers and keep crayons and tiny toys in the play area or craft room. They make great storage units for holding everything from homemade jams to hair accessories to nuts and bolts.
5. Reduce use of disposable crockery and cutlery
Use crockery and cutlery that you can wash, reuse and keep. Using disposable crockery and cutlery only adds pressure on the environment. If you want disposable items for an event or gathering, make the best selections possible for the environment by selecting paper disposables which can degrade over time.
Do your best to add a few recycling steps to your life. You may find it enjoyable. It is also a way to lessen your footprint and do something to help our world. Your children may follow in your footsteps and begin practicing recycling now, being a conscious consumer, brainstorm ideas about how to reuse an item and look at ways to reduce waste. They could carry this into their own lives as they become adults. It’s a beautiful way to help nature.