Do you want to recycle better in 2021? Perhaps your goal is to live sustainably, shift to 100% reusable, and recyclable materials. Making a positive change in how you recycle is one of the best new year resolutions you can set. You should adopt better and innovative ways of recycling your garbage because it helps cut costs on recycling, saves the landfill from contaminated recyclables, protects workers at the material recovery facility, and helps prevent potential hazards like fires from happening. At American Reclamation, we are passionate about all aspects of recycling, and we’ve together five tips to better recycling in 2021.
Create recycling goals
Intentional and impactful recycling starts with goals. Make it a plan to recycle better in 2021. And to set your recycling goals, it is vital to understand why you want to recycle. Your recycling goals can be to learn more about recycling, get more reusable items, reduce the amounts of trash, get a recycling cart, and adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Also, your goal can be to promote the recycling industry by buying recycled products.
These recycling plans and goals will help you reduce waste, finding alternative, sustainable and green products.
Take action to your recycling goals.
To recycle better, you will need to take action and work on your recycling goals. Implement the things you learn about recycling. For example, ensure that you always sort all your recyclables and ensure that they are clean before throwing them in the bin. Before you toss that food packaging material in the recycling bin, ensure that it is free from grease, food residue, and water. If your goal is to use more recyclable or biodegradable products, then you can take action and say no to non-recyclable items.
Please make an effort to check the types of recyclables accepted locally in your municipality, know the days they haul recyclable trash or find a nearby MRF.
Teach your household members how to recycle better.
Recycling starts with an individual, and involving your household members in the recycling can help you recycle better. Teach your family members how to use and what to throw into the recycling bin. You can help each other with accountability and focus on recycling more in your household.
Place a recycling cart on the curbside.
What happens when you don’t have a recycling bin on the curbside? You will probably end up mixing acceptable recyclables with other non-recyclable garbage. Contaminated recyclables are as useless as non-recyclable material. Ensure that you get a recycling bin to put all the recyclable materials and separate them from the rest of your household trash. Go the extra mile to place a recycling cart close to the source. The kitchen, for example, is one of the significant sources of waste in a home. Place a recycling bin in your kitchen to have easy access to the cart where you can place your recyclables.
Check with your local waste management, drop off programs, or nearest material recovery facility to provide you with a recycling container.
Better Cycling in 2021: Be smart when tossing your recyclables.
Another way to recycle better in 2021 is to be smart when disposing of your recyclables. Keep e-waste away from your recycling bin, empty and dry your recyclable material, sort out items like packaging plastic bags, and return them to the grocery store for recycling and avoid bagging your recyclable garbage. When you dispose of recyclables the right way, you guarantee clean materials and make the recycling facility work less of a hassle.