Why Recycling is So Important and How to Make It More of a Part of Your Life
By Hannah Whittenly
There are about a zillion reasons why it’s a really good idea to recycle. It’s good for the environment. It saves energy. It creates jobs and boosts the economy to the tune of $236 billion a year. So if it’s so important, why don’t more people do it? Many reasons exist, but much of the problem lies in a lack of education. The more people know about recycling, the better they’ll be at doing it. If you’ve wanted to get better at recycling, here are four solid ways to make it a bigger part of your life.
1. The Three “Rs”
The three “Rs” should actually be the first step in a successful recycling program. They stand for “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” Many times, we wouldn’t even need to recycle if we just reduced how much we consume. Additionally, some items that we have set for the trash bin can actually be reused and revamped, from the simple plastic bag from the grocery store to that old piece of furniture that you give new life to. Before you toss an item, think about ways that you can remake it. Finally, set up a recycling system in your house and get everyone in your family on board with participating in it.
2. Create Your Own Setup
At minimum, you should have one trash bin for house garbage and another for plastics and cardboards. More “advanced” systems separate these out into individual cans. Additionally, there are bins for different kinds of glass. Once you have this system in place, teach your family how to use it. It can even be a fun game for your kids. Good habits can start early. Why not start their recycling habits now?
3. Get Expert Help
Many times during the year, we have bigger trash and recycling needs, like when we’re raking our leaves in the fall or when we do spring cleaning at the first of the year. In cases like these, it makes sense to get external help. Some companies can hook you up with a portable bin, like A West Bin, and plus waste-removal programs that help home and business owners to get rid of their trash. If you have a big recycling job to do, it might be worth your while to get an extra set of hands to help you.
4. Buy Recycled
Many items, from aluminum cans to paper products, are recycled each year. For the savvy recycler, buying recycled goods is really a means of coming full circle with the recycling progress. If you want to ensure that you put less in the landfill, look for items that are made from recycled materials. Usually, such products are labeled as such.
Recycling is important, though many people don’t know how to do it. A good home-recycling program begins with the three “Rs” and ends with an effort to buy recycled whenever possible. Additionally, for the ardent recycler, nothing takes care of a big recycling project like getting professional help with the job. Finally, your recycling efforts can have a big impact on the environment and the economy. It’s definitely worth doing!