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Recycling Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

April 3, 2020


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According to the United States of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American produces around 5.91 pounds of trash per day, 1.51 pounds of which are recycled. That leaves 4.40 pounds of wasted trash every day, which could’ve been recycled. 

Fortunately, due to increased education and widespread awareness about the effects of wasted trash on our environment, more and more people are practicing recycling the trash produced in their homes. 

Here are some recycling tips that every responsible homeowner should know to help promote the practice of recycling and be more effective. 

1. Know Your Recyclable Items

Before starting your recycling journey, you need to know which items are recyclable and which are not to avoid complications and maintain maximum effectiveness. Check with your local recycling center for specifics, but here are the universal basics of recyclable materials.

  • Glass

Almost all types of glass can be recycled, make sure to rinse the glass thoroughly before placing in the bin to wash off leftover food particles and drinks. Remove paper labels on the glass that are removable. Be mindful not to break the glass as this can make them unrecyclable due to the contamination of individual glass shards.

  • Plastic

Not all plastics are recyclable, the recyclable ones are indicated with a label usually on the bottom with the numbers one through seven. Most if not all disposable plastic utensils cannot be recycled due to the low quality of plastics used, the same is for plastic bags. Your local grocery might be willing to take in excess plastic bags you have at home.

  • Paper and Cardboard

Most types of paper such as books, magazines, flyers, etc. are suited for recycling; however, wax paper and other papers that have plastic mixed in are not. Cardboards can be recycled if they haven’t been soiled with grease and food such as pizza boxes.

  • Aluminum

These items include soda cans, soup cans, foil, and beer cans. Rinse them out properly to remove drink stains to avoid bugs being attracted to them. Crushing the cans can save a lot of space.

2. Designate a Recycle Bin in Every Room

Having a recycle bin in every room in the house can promote recycling wherever the residents may be. Make sure to place them near the trash cans for convenient access. Doing this can ensure no recyclable trash is improperly placed and wasted.

3. Be Aware of What You Buy and Reuse

Be aware of what items you buy and try and limit using too much of something. Reusing items that can still be repurposed is a great way of lessening the work of recycling. Check to see what type of packaging the products you buy are made of and whether they are recyclable.

4. Recycle Appliances and Electronics

As human technology advances, more and more outdated and old technology ends up in landfills. Instead of throwing away your old electronics you can contact your local electronic store instead and ask if they have recycling options for it. 

Be aware that old large appliances such as freezers and fridges made before 1995 contain materials that are harmful to the environment if disposed of improperly. If you live in the U.S.A, the EPA offers a program called R.A.D which stands for Responsible Appliance Disposal.

Conclusion

The more people who are well educated and aware of effective ways one can recycle the trash produced in homes, the more people will help save the environment from the harmful effects of human-made pollutions. Follow these simple tips and you can contribute to helping heal our only home, Earth.