How to Make Recycling Easier at Home

There are many ways to participate and support programs that help preserve our environment. We have the option of going green, reusing our shopping bags, and even composting.  South Florida recycling is a simple process that makes old and used items from the waste into usable supplies. Plastic, glass, paper, and even metal such as steel and aluminum can be recycled. Recycling saves energy that otherwise goes into making these materials from virgin sources, for example, recycling plastic uses 76 percent less energy than making new plastic altogether. Recycling also helps in conservation of raw materials as well. Moreover, when materials are reused landfills and incinerators are not needed as often. Recycling also helps decrease land usage and pollution.

Giving Your Family a Jump Start

To make recycling at home easier the first thing is to raise awareness with your family. Help your family understand the purpose of recycling and how it is so important. Consider taking your children to the local recycling center to help them get familiar with the entire recycling process. This ensures that they become acutely aware of what happens to all the waste we throw away at home and how it affects the environment. Contact your local waste management services or search their website for go-to guides on what is recyclable and what is not. This guide also helps you determine what is to be collected together, sorted, and how to prepare such items optimally for processing.

The Basics of Sorting

Things You Can Recycle:

  • Aluminum cans (soda)
  • Food tins (baked beans, tuna)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Cereal boxes
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Plastic jugs and bottles
  • Big plastic containers
  • Mixed papers and newspaper
  • Magazines and books
  • Cardboard pizza boxes

Things You Cannot Recycle:

  • Glassware
  • Ceramics
  • Pots and pans
  • Paper plates and napkins
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Hazardous materials

How to Simplify Sorting

There are several ways to sort waste. The easiest and most effective way to get your family to successfully recycle is to build a plan that works for everyone. Simplify your sorting and recycling processes and approaches with these easy tips:

  • Make it convenient: Use sorting bins and place them in easy access places throughout your home. Everyone enjoys protecting the environment when there is less effort in doing it. Keep specific bins for the kitchen, bathroom and even one for those fliers near the front door.
  • Make it simple: Use baskets that have casters. By using concealable baskets you can slide them under the table when not in use. You can hook up these bins and baskets to a wall, vertically, dedicating each bin to a specific material.
  • Make it fun: Get the kids involved in a trash can painting contest or make it a project for yourself. Use vibrant colors that make trash cans look appealing for everyone to use them. With these trash cans host a contest in the park. The winner who fills up their bins correctly gets a new eco-friendly toy.
  • Make it easy: Painting trash cans not your thing? You can just as easily print out attractive recycle signs that designate each bin. These signs will help everyone in your family identify which bin goes for which type of material.
  • Make this serious: There are some hazardous materials like batteries or light bulbs that shouldn’t be tossed into the trash can. Create a waste station for them, for example, you can reuse empty coffee tins and keep them someplace that is visible to everyone to use for batteries or other hazardous material. 
  • Make it interesting: Reusing materials is the recycling mantra and reusing things at home can be rather fun. Get started by using paper towel rolls, mason jars and other materials to use for other things such as storage. Composting is another way to recycle waste food. It is a very important practice for recycling food. Your children will be amazed to see banana peels and leftover food become fertile soil in front their eyes.
  • Make a station: For families that have many members, the waste collected is relatively higher compared to smaller families. You could consider building a waste station outside, in such a way that it becomes the definitive sorting center for your family. You can even have weekly sorting parties the day before trash pick up.