Easy To Follow Home Recycling Tips For The Family

With all the attention being given to pollution, global warming, the use of fossil fuels and the destruction of our environment; more and more people have come up with innovative ideas on how they can help clean up the planet and prevent further damage to it.

If each individual made just one simple change such as recycling it could make a huge difference in the environment over the long term.  Reusing, reducing and recycling waste materials needs to start at home.  Here are a few recycling tips that you and your family can easily follow at home.

Reuse your scrap paper and do not throw out your old newspapers.  Your old newspapers can still serve useful purposes.  You can reuse your old newspapers as packing in storage boxes to protect your valuable breakables.  Old newspaper can be used in the kitty litter box.  Unless it is an important business document or some other important document you can print on both sides of a sheet of paper.

If you cannot use old newspapers yourself then send these old newspapers to a collection facility for proper recycling.

Set aside an area where you can collect and store plastic bottles for recycling.  In some areas there are collection facilities where you can bring your plastic bottles and trade them for cash.  Not all plastic bottles are appropriate for recycling so be sure to check that your plastic bottles are the type that can be recycled.  In your own home you can reuse plastic containers to store candies, cookies and other food items.  The plastic containers can also be reused to store crayons, pens, small toys, thread and needles etc.  The old plastic containers may be used in the garage to store small items like tacks or nails. With a little thought you can find numerous uses for old plastic containers.

When you have old worn out batteries that were used for your flashlights, cell phones and toys be sure these are sent to recycling centers.  Throwing these types of items into the garbage may harm the environment.  If you have any broken electronic appliances you might want to have them repaired so you can still use them in the home.  If repairing the item is not an option, it can either be sold as junk or sent to a collection facility for proper recycling and disposal.

Kitchen waste that is organic can be used as fertilizer after it has been placed in a compost pit and permitted to decompose.  The productive use of kitchen waste helps reduce the communities’ sewage and garbage problems.  When you have tin cans in your kitchen they can be crushed and sent to a recycling facility.  Items such as aluminum cans and glass bottles should also be sent to a recycling center.

When you make a trip to the grocery store or go shopping take along a reusable bag and avoid using the plastic shopping bags.  These plastic bags are very hard to recycle and may stay in a landfill for years and years.  In addition, purchase goods and products which are made from recycled materials or use recycled materials for the packaging.

These are just a few of the many things you can do to help make our environment a cleaner and safer place in which to live.  With a little research and some simple innovation, you and your family can make a big difference in the health of our planet.