Recycling is important! Even though it may take a couple extra minutes out of your day to sort your recycling from your trash, keep in mind that it impacts everyone around the world.
According to the EPA website, here area few direct impacts of recycling:
· Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
· Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
· Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
Wherever you are, don’t forget to recycle.
But it’s hard to know what exactly to recycle
Since there are specific restrictions in different areas and since different counties have different recycling systems, it can be confusing to know what exactly should be in your recycling bin.
Agreed, the triangles with numbers in them are difficult to remember what exactly they stand for. However, everything that you know should be recycled, like cardboard, paper,plastic, batteries, etc., should be recycled.
So, educate yourself! One of our favorite websites is Recycle Across America, as they have some amazing recycling facts and at this article they announce their solution for the recycling problem – which are consistent recycling containers throughout the world, so consumers know which bin is which.
Just make sure what you recycle is clean
If you can do anything, just make sure your recycling materials are clean. This makes the sorting in the recycling centers go by easier.
Clean means clean, though.
If you forgot to rinse out the ranch bottle before you added it to the recycling bag,the entire bag will get thrown into the landfill, because it was all dirty.
And as for bags.... they are called trash bags for a reason. For trash – not recycling.Some automated sorting systems have big metal teeth that sort through everything and once a plastic bag gets through to the machine, then everything must stop so the workers can manually take it off.
Easy Recycling Tips for you and your family
Here are some easy tips to help your recycling at home be more efficient:
· Have a designated recycling container, inside the house near the trashcan AND outside
· Rinse out remnants of food such as the rest of your cottage cheese before dumping the container into the trash
· Advocate for others to recycle.
The biggest thing is, however, is that plastic and aluminum aren’t the problem – which is why we are still in the beverage bottling industry – it is how consumers handle recycling.
So, reach out if you have any questions or would like to explore some recycling options for your business with us.