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Recycling Tips for Your Household

July 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Home & Garden

recyclableRecycling is an important part of our everyday life. The few extra minutes the general public takes to put the proper items toward recycling, instead of just sending them to a landfill with the rest of the trash, has an enormous economic and environmental impact. Read on for a few tips on how to be sure you and your family members are recycling effectively.

The first thing to remember is the old phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”. Interesting enough, even though we always focus more on the “recycle” part, above all, one should work more on reducing the waste. Whether that’s reducing how much you consume, or what you consume, it’s best for everyone if there’s as little waste left over at the end as possible. Next, focus on the “reuse”. What can you do with products you’ve already used? Many “waste” products that you end up with at the end of consumption can actually be repurposed as something else. If you can’t find a use for them, maybe someone else can. Another good practice is to buy recycled products to support the cycle. All products made with recycled materials are marked on the packaging, and supporting the businesses that are making the effort to use recycled materials instead of depleting fresh resources is better for everyone in the long run. Finally, when you’ve used up all possibilities for your leftover products, you can recycle them. Read up to learn how to recycle some household items and how to do it in most efficient way.

While most household items are easily distinguished as to what can and cannot be recycled, there are a few other areas where you might be missing out on recycling opportunities. Water is important and expensive resource that can be recycled. If you own your own home, you can have your plumbing rearranged so that the water you used in your shower or tub is then piped into be used to flush your toilet. If you use biodegradable soap, bathwater or water from dish washing can also be used to water your garden. Water is not a one-use resource!

Electronics are another area that people don’t often know how to recycle. If you want to get rid of some things you own, you can always list your used products on a free classifieds site to help them find a new home! Check out e-commerce sites like eBay, to get an idea about how to sell these products online. If you own some electrical items that are broken you can always drop them off at your local recycling centre, in case they are just outdated, but in working condition, donate them to a charity shop.

The key thing to remember in recycling is awareness. Think ahead to be sure you’re buying products that can be recycled when you’re done with them, and take the extra time to ensure that you are recycling everything you can. In the long run, it’s better for the environment, the economy, and, in turn, you!

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