All that clutter around your home manifests itself when you place your trash bin at the curb. Chances are your bin goes out full every pick up and you may wonder if there is a better way. Well, there is. By carefully choosing what you purchase, use, reuse and dispose of, you can reduce your waste and send more stuff to recycling. Recycling reduces your impact on the environment, leaving the world a cleaner place.
1. Consider your packaging. You just bought a box of cookies and found that the package contains cellophane wrap, tissue and other packing material. That stuff cannot be recycled, but what you can do is choose bulk or concentrated products to reduce your waste accordingly. You’ll also send a message to food manufacturers that excess packaging is a bad for the environment.
2. Reuse, where possible. Avoid using plastic products as much as possible. Dishes, flatware and cups are usually used just once and then thrown out. Instead, choose washable utensils and cloth napkins, what can be cleaned and reused over and over again. Do this for parties too — just plan on running the dishwasher when everyone leaves.
3. Choose your batteries wisely. So many toys and products around our homes require batteries. These can be difficult to dispose and when done so they should be recycled with care. You can reduce your battery consumption by using rechargeable batteries that can be used dozens of times. You’ll pay more for these batteries, but you’ll greatly reduce what ends up in public landfills.
4. Make use of compost. Many of the food products that leave you home can be placed in a compost heap. Vegetables, fruit, and coffee grains can be added to a pile that also includes ground up leaves and grass. Learn what can go into your compost and what must stay out; use the finished product to replenish your lawn and garden beds.
5. Buy quality products. That $199 couch is priced according to its quality. That means in a few years you’ll be sending its battered remains to the city dump. Instead of adding to the waste problem, you can choose higher quality products from the onset and avoid the junk. You’ll get many more years of use out of whatever you purchase and avoid the repeated “use and toss” way of living that many Americans are accustomed to.
6. Recycled begets recycled. If you buy products made from recycled materials you’ll be doing everyone a favor. This is where reading labels can clue you in on what products use recycled materials. And the choices are many including wallets, iPhone covers, backpacks, kitchen tools and so much more. You’ll likely never notice the difference too.
7. Use it again. There are some items that cannot be recycled or simply are less likely to end up in the recycler when no longer needed. These items include packing materials such as the peanuts you find in boxes shipped to your home. Add to that the plastic, newspapers and other filler material, and you have everything that you need the next time you send a shipment out.
Other ways to reduce waste including using a drip hose to water your lawn. Taking fireplace ashes that have cooled down and adding these to your compost pile. Add in your harvest pumpkins and other vegetable matter decorations to your compost too. And, when Christmas is over, send your tree to the town’s recycling center for grinding. There are so many ways you can reduce waste, improving your lifestyle and leaving the world a cleaner place.
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