Essential home recycling tips

Home recycling is essential for any American family – it’s the least we can do as individuals for the battle against climate change. Voting for recycling measures with political organisations is fine, but you should cut down your own pollution before anything else.

Recycling covers a broad range of areas: anything from your personal CD collection to all the food waste in your kitchen. This article goes over some of the basics in order to get you started with recycling.

First things first

Before we get to the serious stuff, have a look around your house for stuff you’d normally trash. These days, there’s simply no excuse – you should try and recycle absolutely everything you don’t want, starting with personal effects, like the old music albums you no longer wish to keep.

Instead of trashing them, go online and try and sell them to someone who does want them, on a site like www.musicmagpie.com. Selling your stuff to other people is, after all, a mode of recycling too.

Preparing for a new recycling system

If you’ve just moved house and you’re not sure what the local recycling system is, go to your local recycling centre and inquire about what materials they accept for recycling and what the best way is to get these materials to them.

Organise your bins according to the centre’s instructions and make sure that your family follows the new rules strictly. Setting up your bins is half the battle! Recycling will be very easy after you’ve done this.

Pick your products carefully

All kinds of corporations are under pressure to be greener and rightfully so. You should start picking your products according to how ‘green’ they are. Many are marked out for this reason.

For instance, some packaging may be marked as ‘post-consumer’, which means that a consumer returned the packaging, in order to be re-used by the manufacturer again. Make sure that you go for products that state their recycling habits clearly, instead of making vague statements about going green.

Recycling plastics

Recycling plastic is a little tricky. Recycling centres all vary in which kinds of plastic they accept for recycling. Make sure you know which kinds your centre accepts, and then begin choosing which plastic you buy according to which kinds you are able to recycle.

In general, you should avoid polystyrene, even though some recycling centres now accept this. Make sure you try and avoid products that come in polypropylene, which is one of the least recyclable types of plastics used.