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Have you always thought about being a recycler, but never got around to setting up an effective recycling system in your house? Well here are 10 (+1) tips every effective recycling household should know (adapted from Country Home Magazine):
1. Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items that is out of sight. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.
2. Recycling lets you put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use. Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.
3. Don’t throw out plastic bags. Take them back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.
4. Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.
5. Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.
6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper, or better yet, opt-out of certain junk-mailing lists at opt-out.cdt.org.
7. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.
8. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location in your area.
9. Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.
10. Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access
10 + 1. And last but not least, make informed decisions about recycling de-construction waste when doing home renovation projects. For info on recycling shingles into roads check out Gemaco Environmental Solutions