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6 Tips to Help Make Recycling At Home Easy and Effective
(Monday, 11 September 2017) Written by greeniac1907982
We all know the importance of recycling and as much as we try to do it where and when we can, it's not always possible. For many homeowners, the details involved in the recycling process can become a hindrance. Making the process easy for your entire household is, however, the key to proper recycling. Here are six tips for easy, effective recycling at home.

1. Set up a bin system

This might be the best solution for your recycling needs. If your kitchen is spacious enough, consider installing a bin that features two compartments. If you don’t have sufficient space, you can throw your mixed recycling into a simple plastic tub positioned someplace out of the way such as the laundry. In this way, you won’t have to go all the way out to your bin whenever you have recyclable waste. Remember not to use a plastic bag for your recycling.

2. Get your kids on board for recycling

Starting your children early helps to ensure recycling develops into a habit, in which case they won’t think of recycling as a chore. Having the bin system mentioned above makes getting the kids on board easier. You can encourage your kids to get involved by:

• Teaching them about what can be recycled and how to identify the right bin.
• Making a game out of correct recycling.
• Explaining the recycling process to help them understand what happens from the point of collection onwards.

3. Recycle your water

As a homeowner, you can rearrange your plumbing so that you are able to reuse wastewater from your bathtubs and showers for purposes like flushing the toilet. If you use biodegradable soap, you can use leftover dishwashing or bath water to water your lawn or garden. Investing in a water catchment system is another great alternative. You can put rainwater to various indoor and outdoor functions around the home, particularly since rainwater is naturally soft.

4. Recycle your greenery

Your waste contains biological nutrients, the type that decomposes and returns to the soil readily and safely at the end of its useful life. When it comes to recycling biological nutrients, composting is undeniably one of the simplest, most effective techniques. You can put biodegradable kitchen waste and garden cuttings into a composter without including a worm population. Aside from having your regular kitchen waste basket fill up slower, items like paper towels and newspaper can be consumed by hotter, more active compost heaps. You can also turn your Christmas tree into mulch. For those who don't have a garden, community gardens or neighbors can put your soil to good use.

5. Recycle plastic

In general, plastic is not easily biodegradable but can be recycled and made into something new. Because it would take centuries for Mother Nature to degrade plastic, your plastic waste will have a negative effect on the environment for hundreds of years if you discard it improperly.

Most of us understand the importance of recycling. But while those who have the best intentions will usually try to have their plastic recycled correctly, a staggering percentage of homeowners throw plastic in the rubbish instead of in standard recycling bins.

Since plastic involves a different recycling process to that of paper, reuse is a great option, particularly because it is eco-friendly and much more cost effective. For instance, you can have your empty printer cartridges refilled instead of having them recycled or use your empty plastic containers to store food and other household supplies. Although reusing is one of the principal rules of recycling, you need to be sure what you're doing is safe.

6. Become a waste-stream analyst

Conducting a waste audit allows you to understand the materials that come in and out of your home much better. Take the time to separate your waste according to type. Categories can include organic compost, landfill waste, recyclable plastic, aluminum, and reusable materials. Once you've weighed the different types of material that leave your home, you can develop a recovery program designed to reduce your landfill waste. It's also a great exercise to perform with your kids.


While a majority of homeowners understand the importance of recycling, we all have to put in more effort to ensure proper, effective recycling. As much as raising awareness is important, we must also do all that we can to minimize the damage that might occur now or in the future. Additionally, safe reuse and correct recycling are the most cost effective options available to homeowners.

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