Recycling at home can be just as hard or harder than recycling at work when you don’t have the option to do co-mingled recycling. When you’re at work, it can be more convenient when a company like Business Recycling Solutions can pick up your recycling all in one bin for you and take it back to their facility.
When you don’t have a curbside or co-mingled recycling option, it can seem like an inconvenience and it does takes a little more discipline and dedication BUT in the end it can be fairly simple.
What are some ways to make recycling at home easier?
Buy stackable bins to easily separate your recyclable items
Stackable bins will take up less space in your home and you can easily label each bin plastic, paper, aluminum and glass. This will keep your recyclable items organized, sorted and ready to drop off once they are full.
Rinse and crush as you go
Contamination rates are rising due to trash and non recyclable items being dumped in the recycling bins. Once items are contaminated, they are no longer considered recyclable and will more than likely end up in a landfill.
To prevent this, rinse items as you use them. If there is still food/liquid residue inside of soup cans, soda cans, water bottles, etc. once you’re done with them, quickly rinse away the liquid or food. This gives you less chance of contamination and will keep your recycling from smelling.
Crushing cans and water bottles will create more room in the recycling bin causing your bin to take longer to fill up.
Reuse items instead of recycling them
Remember the saying goes “reduce, reuse, recycle”. The first step is to reduce the amount of trash you produce and if you can’t do that then to reuse it.
Upcycling items can cut down on the amount of recycling you produce which also can cut down on the amount of times you have to drop off your recycling. This can create fun projects that kids to participate in.
Make it fun!
If you have kids, make recycling a game! Quiz them on what can and can’t be recycled. Having recycling bins accessible indoors makes it easier for kids to recycle as well. If they know how many resources they’re saving by sorting and recycling, it will be an interest to them that they are making a very big impact!
For more questions and concerns about recycling, contact recyclespot.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a recycling program at your local business today!