Home Recycling Center

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It’s easier to keep the recycling habit if you make your home recycling center as convenient as possible (easier to develop consistent recycling habits, too). Choose a spot in or near the kitchen, which is where most waste is generated. The variety of bins and totes out there on the market, surely make it possible to combine both style and function, while keeping recyclables organized and tidy.

The number and size of receptacles you will need depends on the types of items you plan to recycle. Common recycling categories include newspapers, glass, metal and plastic.

For ease and accuracy, find wide bins with open faces and tops which will make it simple to sort recyclables. For paper, use a paper bag from the grocery store, everything stays together (including loose scraps) and the whole bundle can get recycled together.

Choose a spot in or near the kitchen, which is where most waste is generated

Most receptacles are a heavy duty plastic which means they won’t rust, peel or fade, so they can be used indoors or outdoors. Easy as pie to clean, too. Simply squirt some dishwashing liquid into the bottom of your empty container and then wipe the inside and outside with a rag. Pour out the soapy water, rinse and let it dry completely before using again.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that about 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable and only about 30 percent is actually recycled. We all have to do our part if we want to preserve our planet, and recycling is about as easy as it can get. Learn more about what you can do to make a difference on the EPA’s website.

Recycling saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, saves money, avoids landfills, and best of all, it’s easy. So why not recycle?

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by lindygleissner

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