What are the best and easy ways to recycle?
Our mission to keep the planet green will always start at home. Learning to recycle and produce less waste is very important if you care about the environment. One of the easiest and most effective ways to go green is to recycle. Recycling is the process of converting waste into new, usable materials. Check out the top 5 ways to recycle at home.
Reduce the use of Plastic and get more sustainable Alternatives
“Making the switch from disposable plastic to sustainable alternatives is an investment in the long-term future of our environment,” Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said. “The world needs to embrace solutions other than single-use, throwaway plastic.” Lessen the single-use items by choosing sustainable alternatives. Instead of plastic bottles for water, you can opt to get a glass bottle that you no longer need to dispose of every few weeks. Instead of using a plastic bag for groceries, bring your own eco-bag. And instead of buying a little of everything, try to buy food items in bulk to get the number of plastic packaging down.
Make sure to Recycle Paper, Glass, and Plastic Bottles
Putting the right item in the right bin isn’t always the easiest, recycling guidelines may vary from one municipality to another. It’s hard to keep up especially with a variety of labels, new products on the market and changing regulations and codes, but I’m not saying it’s impossible. Reach out to your local waste management services to determine how things can be sorted, what can be recycled and when is their collection schedule. There are items in our household that can’t be recycled like light bulbs, batteries, and other hazardous materials. You may also want to check where you can safely dispose of them.
Make Recycling Bins, Readily Available
One of the reasons why Recycling becomes a challenge at home is because we don’t label our bins properly and there aren’t just enough available around the home. It’s expected that we have bins available for segregation of trash in the kitchen. Imagine the convenience when you have other bins available in other areas at home, plastic will no longer go to the same bin as glass in your bedroom because you’re too tired to go to the kitchen.
Learn Arts and Crafts using Recycled Materials
Check out the recycled crafts pins from Pinterest. Pinterest is, according to Techopedia, Pinterest is a social media website that allows users to organize and share images and videos from around the Web. Images uploaded by users are called Pins and may be organized into pinboards, which may be customized, themed and followed by other users. Users can also like or repin content shared by other pinners. Get inspired by recycling pins from Pinterest, do arts and crafts using recycled materials for fun, and to teach the kids about recycling. There are a million ways to reuse jars, tubs, and paper that you don’t need to be very artistic.
Learn to Compost, Build your mini worm-farm
You don’t need a big garden space to start composting. Get yourself a worm farm and feed it all of your food scraps. A worm farm is a community of worms established as a method of recycling food and some other organic wastes into natural fertilizer products. Even if you’re not the most enthusiastic worm-lover, you’ll find this easy eco-friendly activity great for teaching your kids all about recycling and taking care of the environment. A worm farm produces a soil-like material, and a ‘juice’ called vermicast. It is both nutrient-rich and will make ideal natural fertilizers to improve the health of the plants. Then you might want to try making old 2-liter pop bottles and empty jars into planters for flowers and herbs that you can use.