Today’s Tip: How And What To Recycle
Ever wonder how you can make a difference in the world? You can start by being proactive in your community and doing one of the easiest things in the world, recycling!?Imagine how much solid waste you as 1 person generate in a given year? According to the Government’s Department of Environmental Protection, on an average one person can create 3/4 of TON of trash in one year. That is a ridiculous sounding figure but is unfortunately true. But what is recycling exactly? Recycling is the processes of reducing, reusing, remanufacturing, and materials instead of just discarding them into a landfill. Because landfills (where garbage and waste are dumped from all citizens as a holding place) can only hold so much per their permitted capacity, by the late 1980’s, the government decidedly made changes to the way garbage was handled, using landfills as a last resort, and introduced recycling.
The government has a list of 10 mandatory items to be recycled including: glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, leaves, cardboard, paper, newspaper, scrap metal, used motor oil, and 2 types of batteries – vehicle lead acid batteries and nickel cadmium batteries. (The batteries are sent back to battery manufacturers to be taken care of.) Although this is the official mandatory list, other items have been added to the recycling list over the last 2 decades including but not limited to: magazines, plastic containers (excluding deposit bottles), prescription bottles, shampoo bottles, basically anything plastic, metal, glass, paper – to an extent. After being recycled, these items are broken down into reusable products.
**Important note about the metal cans, lids are not to be recycled. They are allowed to go in the regular trash. They are a safety hazard for recycling. Just don’t forget that a steel lid is in your trash bag!
Some people would like to dispose of things like food scraps, or grass clippings from mowing the lawn, but these things are not to be recycled. encourages homeowners to leave their grass clippings on the lawn, which effectively removes them from the waste stream. The government encourages?citizens to manage their own yard trimmings and food scraps on their own property. This enables them to produce a valuable soil amendment- compost, acting as fertilizer?rather than creating extra waste etc.
If you have other things such as electronics (television, computers, car fluid waste) there are certain agencies that handle these things. Whether they are companies that accept donations, or they will know how to recycle these particular items. Depending on which state and town you live in, there may be additional guidelines to follow such as making sure you’ve rinsed out the plastic/glass/metal container before placing in the recycling bin. You can either contact your town or look online at your town’s website for what they require you to recycle or how they prefer you to recycle including the day of the week for recycling bin pickup and time of pickup.
Recycling not only reduces the amount of material waste going into landfills but these guidelines help ensure that we as humans are making the most of our natural resources.?Recycling helps us to?conserve the Earth’s raw materials and energy that manufacturers would otherwise use in producing new products. Essentially recycling helps lessen the pollution that may result from waste disposal especially into landfills. Reducing our consumption of raw materials and reducing the waste of materials also adds to the conservation of our resources!
If you want to go one step further, you can seperate your recycling goods into plastic bin, glass bin, metal bin, paper bin for when the garbage men come to pick up.
**Certain other items are not recyclable, besides yard waste, and electronic waste.?Even thought you may want to start recycling every little thing in your house, there are actually items that would cause more harm than good if you were to recycle them. There are some pretty standard rules across the country, but again you can check with your town’s rules. Some of the non-accepable recycling?items are: hazardous waste such as gasoline, tires, foam packaging, aerosole cans, etc. Good Luck & Enjoy 🙂