Sunday, March 1, 2009

Living Green - Recycling

Recycling is one of the easiest as well as most effective ways that you can help the environment. There are plenty of different products at home you can separate from your trash for this purpose. It is convenient if you buy plastic trash barrels and label them for the individual products.

You should have one barrel or container for glass, plastic, and cardboard. If you drink sodas out of cans then have one for those aluminum cans as well. Find out where you can take each of these full barrels to be recycled when you need to. There should be at least one local recycling centre for them in most towns.

You may also find receptacles in your apartment building or at some local businesses where you are allowed to dispose of your recyclable items. They are just huge containers that get emptied out on a regular basis. This is perfect when the community doesn’t have any other method for taking in the items to be recycled.

If your community doesn’t offer recycling collection centers then you need to see what you can do to get them in place. You can contact your local officials in person or with a letter asking them to consider offering them. Explain your concerns that without such receptacles in place people won’t be encouraged to recycle in your area.

The concept of recycling can extend to your schools and place of employment as well. Do your best to get this important issue recognized everywhere you can. In many instances people just need to be educated and then reminded about the benefits of recycling for our environment.

Your information can motivate them to take part in the program. Don’t overlook the importance of letting children know either. They are often very excited by recycling and find it to be thrilling. They can often help encourage their parents to take part in such efforts as well.

Buying products that have been recycled such as paper products is a great way to show your support for these efforts. You will notice some greeting cards are made from recycled paper. Even supplies such as napkins used in fast food restaurants can be made from recycled paper.

It is also very simple to carry around a large mesh bag when you are going to shop for a few items. Rather than getting a paper or plastic bag from the store you can place your purchased items into your own bag. Look for one that is durable so it you can reuse it over and over again. Many shops are now selling inexpensive bags that you can use for this purpose.

1 comment:

LillyShayStyle said...

I love this post. I live in Casper, WY. And we don't recycle plastics. I hate it so much! I think I'll get in contact with them and talk this over.