Today, on March 18th we celebrate Global Recycling Day which was created in 2018 to help recognize and celebrate our planet. Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It’s not only good for our environment but it also saves money.
Down below you will find recycling tips we want to share with you.
If you’re having trouble getting into the habit of recycling and just feel overwhelmed by the whole process, just pick one thing to focus on in the beginning. Something easy like aluminium cans. Once you’ve mastered that, you can start adding more and more and build on the habit until you’re able to recycle as much as possible in your life!
To help your local recycling center and to keep bugs and odors out of you trash, make sure you rinse any containers with food waste on them!
All plastic bottles can be recycled! Water bottles, salad dressing, sauce bottles - give it a rinse, pop the lid on and put it in the recycling bin!
Sometimes buying in bulk saves not just dollars but also on waste. Try to avoid buying goods that have excessive packaging especially if it isn't recyclables.
Glass can be recycled endlessly and won’t wear out during the process. Make sure you rinse your glass containers out and careful not to let them break when they go in the recycling bin. If they shatter, sometimes they can't be recycled as easily!
Most plastic containers can be recycled, just like plastic bottles. Things like yogurt containers, sour cream and clamshell containers can all go in the recycling bin! Make sure you rinse them out!
For plastic bottles and containers make sure you twist on the caps before putting them in the bin. It’s much easier to recycle that way and most caps are made from plastic which can be recycled too!
Aluminum can be recycled endlessly! Aluminium won’t degrade through the process and even saves energy! The energy cost of recycling a can is way cheaper than the cost of creating a new can! Remember, again, to rinse out the can to avoid bugs and smells. You can also crush the cans to save on space!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In that order, you can reduce your waste and impact on the planet. Begin first by reducing your consumption - don’t over purchase things, especially if it means you’re going to end up throwing it away. Reuse things instead of throwing them away - scribbling on both sides of the notepad before it goes in the bin. And finally, recycle anything that cannot be reduced or reused any more. Always check with your local community on what can and can’t be recycled!
Most recyclable plastics have numbers on them, usually inside the iconic recycling triangle symbol. Unfortunately not all plastics are able to be recycled. Always check the numbers to see if the container can go in your recycling bin or if you can reuse it!
All kinds of paper and cardboards can be recycled, especially around the home! Newspapers, wrapping paper, birthday cards and envelopes are all fully recyclable. Even paper towel tubes can go in the recycling bin! Try to avoid cardboard that’s covered in grease such as pizza boxes though.
A lot of places now charge you to use plastic bags. There’s so many cute and fun reusable bags available now that are super cheap! There’s no excuse to avoid reusable bags! There are 5 trillion plastic bags produced every year and they contribute heavily to pollution, especially in our oceans! Remember to take your reusable bags with you when you go shopping - consider putting them in the car, keeping one in your handbag or keeping them by the door so you don’t forget!
Plastic straws are single use and they aren’t recyclable. This is a huge waste and many restaurants have started ditching the straws altogether. Next time you’re out dining at a restaurant, refuse the straw! There are many options on the market for reusable straws that you can take with you anywhere!
A travel mug is a great way to save money and waste! Some single use coffee cups aren’t always recyclable as the waxy cardboard doesn’t process well. You can save money by making coffee at home and even some coffee shops give you a discount when you bring your own mugs!
Look for items that are recycled or even use recycled packaging! Support a system that supports our planet!