This summer is a great time to start recycling and to think outside the box on how you can integrate some of the following practices into your own lifestyle.
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|10 Easy Recycling Tips|
Recycling is easy when you know what you’re doing. You can get the whole family involved, reuse things you already have, and reduce your carbon footprint.Borrow an idea from Shopgirl and turn a basic pine hutch into an orderly recycling center. The best part is it corrals everything and, after adding items, you can close the door. Organization is the key to recycling daily. Before planning your cabinet, check with your local recycling center to learn what materials are accepted; plan your space accordingly.
Sort and store: Save drink holders to corral used cans and bottles. Wrap newspapers with twine and then simply stack them. Plastic lids and caps are generally made of a different material than their containers and need to be sorted separately.
Practical placement: Collect used household batteries to take to local drop-offs. Reuse shredded papers as packing material. Gather old phone books and magazines in a wire bin.
The hang-up: Keep a towel handy to wipe up spills. Scissors are useful for cutting twine or breaking down boxes. Post a recycling guide for quick reference. And don’t forget a hook for your reusable grocery bag.
Divide and conquer: Store items that may contain liquid in solid bins to prevent sticky messes. Sort plastic and cardboard by type.
Creative reuse: An old picnic basket holds used packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Save plastic and paper shopping bags for reuse.
EASY RECYCLING TIPS
1. Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.
2. The great thing about recycling is that it lets you put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use. Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.
3. Take leftover plastic bags back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.
4. Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.
5. Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.
6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper. To opt-out of certain junk-mailing lists, go to opt-out.cdt.org.
7. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.
8. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go towww.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location in your area.
9. Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.
10. Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access.