Recycling is one of the best ways that you can help the environment, but have you been doing it right? Many Americans don’t recycle, and because of that you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to play your part. We’re going to talk about a couple tips to help you become better at recycling so you can rest assured you aren’t missing something important.
Knowing what can be recycled
Learning what you can and can’t recycle is a great place to start. If you’re putting things in your recycling bin that can’t be recycled, the process could take longer and as a result it will be a less environmentally effective solution. Paper, cardboard, food cans, jars, and plastic bottles can all be recycled. However, glass can’t always be recycled, so make sure to check with your recycling company beforehand.
Although you may not consider this, aluminum and steel cans can also be recycled. 100 million steel cans are used every day by Americans. Steel cans are durable and can be recycled many times over, but only 67 percent of Americans claim to recycle them. If you want to be the most efficient recycler you can be, start recycling aluminum and steel cans!
For those that are into gardening, you’ll want to do it in the most environmentally way possible. If you’re in need of mulch, try recycling biodegradable yard waste like grass clippings, wood chips, and leaves from around your yard for a natural mulching material rather than buying mulch from the store. By doing this, you’ll eliminate the need to buy mulch that may not be eco-friendly. This way you’ll have no doubts about that.
Recycle at work
The thing about recycling is that it’s a full-time commitment. Just because you’ve left home doesn’t mean you can stop recycling! Many people make the mistake of not recycling once they go to work or on vacation but this shouldn’t be the case. To help you and your workmates remember to recycle, keep two bins near where you work. Then at the end of the day, you can take it to wherever your office’s main recycle bin is located.
Recycling doesn’t always come in the form of getting rid of your recyclable materials. Another way you can help is by buying things that have already been recycled. It’s called “recycling” for a reason, you can’t just have people getting rid of their materials, you need people buying what was made with those materials to make the industry stronger as a whole. However, keep in mind that just because a company says they use recycled materials doesn’t mean their product is entirely recycled. This can be used as a gimmick to get people to buy their product, so do your research!
Oak Disposal Services understands the importance of recycling for our community. If you are in need of trash collection in Wet Mountain Valley, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!