Setting Up a Recycling Center in Your Home
Despite what they might think, individuals really can make a difference to the health of the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Things like choosing a renewable energy source supplier and making a more eco-friendly choice when it comes to a vehicle are helpful, as is setting up a home recycling system and properly implementing it. Getting started can be a little confusing though, especially since the guidelines for recycling vary from municipality to municipality. Here though are some basic tips:
Find Out What Can Be Recycled in Your Area
Every municipality has its own guidelines about what can and cannot be recycled via their programs. Therefore the first step in implementing a home recycling program. After all, there is little point in collecting things for recycling if no one will take them off your hands!
You will also need to find out how things have to be recycled. Some municipalities require different types of items (newspaper, glass, plastic etc.) to be sorted separately while others will accept mixed items and then sort them at a central facility. Often you will also be required to place the items for recycling into a special type of collection container which may or may not be provided for you. Once you have all of this information on hand you can then begin planning just how you will recycle within the home.
Setting Up a Household Recycling System
To be most efficient, you will need to set up recycling 'centers' in your home. Where you do this will depend upon what is most important to you; keeping the recycling center out of sight or making it as convenient as possible. It is likely however you will need some kind of recycling center in all of the following spaces in your home:
The Kitchen - The kitchen is the place in most homes where the majority of recyclable materials are used so a useful central place to dispose of these things is a must. The most convenient way to do this would be to place a freestanding recycling bin in the kitchen, but if you do not want to 'clutter up' the space you could create a system in a cupboard out of sight.
The Bathroom - The bathroom is another almost constant source of recyclables in the form of the many plastic bottles that shampoos, conditioner, body washes and other bathroom 'supplies' so reminding the family that these things should be recycled by setting up a dedicated area.
The Garage - If you have a garage this could be another prime location for a recycling center. Yard waste can go there and you could, if you wanted to, create a larger central recycling center there rather than cluttering up your home, as long as everyone does not mind walking out there!
Other Ways to Recycle
There are many other things that can be recycled and/or repurposed in your home that can help reduce your household's carbon footprint. For example, if you are like many people you have half a closet full of clothes that you never wear. Rather than piling them into the attic or throwing them away make the effort to take wearable items to your local thrift store. If you have items that are in very good condition then you could even take them to a consignment store and make a little extra money from them. Even clothes that are no longer really fir to wear can be repurposed for their material in craft projects!
Another thing that you can - and should - recycle is old electronics. Game consoles, cell phones, old computers, monitors and other similar items can all be recycled via a number of different concerns and in many cases you will be helping other people as well as the environment since these items are often refurbished and donated to people in need.