5 Tips for Recycling at Home
United States trash production has tripled since the 1960s! Recycling at home is one of the easiest ways to reduce trash in landfills and help improve the environment. And recycling doesn’t have to be a chore. We’ve gathered five simple tips for recycling at home to help get you started.
- Knowledge is Power – Know What’s Recyclable: Recycling guidelines for basic materials like paper and plastic are typically straightforward, but what to do with things like aerosols and batteries? This handy guide is a good place to start and you can get more specific details for your city in a quick Google search – bookmark both!
- Create a Designated Recycling Space: The easier the process, the more likely you are to follow it. Whether you choose your kitchen, pantry or utility room, create a space that will make recycling at home convenient. Home improvement stores have a wide variety of bins and containers that you can choose from to create an easy-to-follow recycling station.
- Re-Use and Repurpose: When you no longer have use for a particular item, try re-using it in another way. Drink wine? Use old corks for crafts and stamping. Turn takeout food containers into a catchall for loose buttons and other odds and ends. Old maps even make for unique photo frames. It’s called “up-cycling” and it’s 100 percent on-trend.
- Plan a Leftovers Night: Recycling at home isn’t just for plastics and paper. Did you know that in the U.S., roughly 40 perfect of food goes to waste? You can help reduce this number by having a dedicated leftovers night each week. Throw that food back into the oven, not into the trashcan.
- Mark Your Calendar: Quite possibly the simplest item on the list, but it’s easy to forget. Find out what day of the week your city picks up recycling. Typically, it happens once a week but sometimes more in larger metropolitan areas. Be sure to set a reminder so you’ll never forget to put your recycling out for pick-up.
At Renergy, we’re committed to recycling and reusing whenever possible. We make it easy for businesses, communities and individuals to turn their waste into clean energy.
Live in Columbus, Ohio? Click here for local recycling rules.