Many people are concerned about the number of products and waste that are thrown out every year. As landfills start to fill to capacity, you might want to do your part in helping reduce waste through recycling. Recycling is a great way to reuse old materials while also saving space in landfills everywhere. Here at Best Disposal Inc., we have some great recycling tips that we hope will help you recycle more in your area.
- Start off small with your recycling. You don’t have to commit to recycling everything at first. Sign up for a program, and start small with a bin of paper, plastics or cardboard. Any change is a change for the better!
- Limit what you bring home with you. One of the best ways to reduce your waste is to not bring it home with you in the first place. Choose hassle-free packing online and avoid products that are packaged excessively.
- Choose products that are made to last. Instead of looking for easy disposable options, choose products that can be used again or easily recycled. This is especially helpful for meal items such as lunch boxes, cutlery and containers.
- Use, don’t abuse, recycling programs. When you blatantly disregard rules for recycling, you cause delays or make system repairs necessary. If you know something is off-limits (e.g., pizza boxes) don’t try to cram them in the recycling bin.
- Keep bins accessible in the house and on the street. One of the best things you can do to start recycling is make it easy to recycle! Keeping a small bin in every room of the house and on the street will make it easier to put things in the recycling, not the trash.
- Ensure your products are empty, dry, and clean. If your stuff is not clean, it is not ready for the recycling program. If you are worried about pests finding your recycling, it’s not clean enough.
- No plastic bags! Plastic grocery bags are not allowed by most recycling centers and for good reason- they tangle and get stuck in the sorting machinery. Even items in bags (like a bag of paper, for example) cannot be opened, so avoid bags altogether.
- Take bags to a grocery store. There are specialized centers for plastic bags at most grocery stores and other stores. Do not attempt to place plastic grocery bags in regular recycling bins.
- When it doubt, search it out. If you ever have a question about what can and can’t be recycled, a quick search on the internet can likely answer your question. You can also check with your local recycling facility.
If you have questions about recycling or would like some great tips to get you started, we can help! Give us a call today to learn more.