Tips for recycling at home and office

Believe it or not, there are still people who don't recycle. It's been almost 25 years since the three Rs came to stand for reduce, reuse and recycle, but we're still producing too much personal waste.

Municipalities have begun limiting garbage disposal or charging for each garbage bag collected, but many homeowners are still reluctant to take the extra time and effort to separate and sort their recyclables. Part of the problem may be lack of uniformity in recycling codes. Because facilities vary according to municipality, not everything that's recyclable is recycled everywhere. Municipalities also sort their recyclables differently. This lack of continuity can be confusing and tends to lead most people to the conclusion that it's just not worth the hassle.

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Waste recycling is an important part of reducing environmental damage and creating a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few things you can do to make the process easier at your home and office so that your family and coworkers will continue to recycle:

  1. Contact your municipality for the recycling guidelines and post these in an easily accessible area (on the fridge, for example).
  2. Create recycling bins clearly labeled with the items that can be put in them. Be specific. Rather than just labeling one bin "paper," provide a bulleted list of the types of paper that can be included (e.g., newsprint, computer paper, construction paper, light cardboard, etc.).
  3. Have recycling bins throughout your home or office. If recycling bins are as accessible as garbage cans, people are more likely to make use of them.

Offices tend to go through a great deal of paper. Consider getting a small recycling container for each desk or workstation to encourage paper recycling.

With bottled water becoming increasingly popular, plastic recycling is becoming important as well. Every home and office should have at least one bin for plastic recycling and one for metal recycling items such as pop and juice cans. In some areas, plastics and metals can be combined; check with your municipality if you're unsure.

Recycling Services

Some offices shy away from paper recycling because they have sensitive documents. Recycling services can be contracted to destroy these documents in such a way that the material can still be recycled.

Depending on the area, you may also find a recycling service willing to collect and sort your recycling and take it to the appropriate recycling facilities.

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Posted on 2/21/2014 9:40:00 PM by Anonymous
I have a schedule for receycling and trash pick up for Feb. and understand that trash will be picked up only l week, and the following week it will be receycling items. Our garbage and trash will no longer be picked up each week--is that correct? The next qestion, If a holiday falls the day of our collections, will collection days be changed as it useed to be--eg: if trash is picked up normally on Monday will the next week be on a Tuesday and recycling also moved to a Tuesday? I was told, per my phone call on Feb. 1, that a yearly schedule would be mailed to me. I still have not rececied it. Would you please send one ot me ASP,, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.
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Posted on 8/20/2012 1:04:00 PM by Anonymous
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Posted on 11/28/2011 6:58:00 PM by Anonymous
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Posted on 10/17/2011 9:16:00 AM by Anonymous
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Posted on 10/13/2011 8:24:00 PM by Anonymous
Posted on 8/20/2011 1:17:00 AM by Anonymous
Get off our high horse VHS, "I recycle everything I can". Plastic is no more evil than photovoltaic solar panels (which are resource and energy intensive to make). It comes down to how people treat the materials at end-of-life. Consider the amount of plastic that is used in hospitals every day or the plastic in your car which makes it lighter and more fuel efficient. Not to mention the space program that you hate so much has developed many new technologies over time and also has developed many scientific instruments to help us better understand our planet. Nothing is pure Evil. So get off your high horse and cut the holier-than-thou act, I am sure your friends are sick of it as well.
Posted on 8/14/2011 10:52:00 AM by Anonymous
I woulld like to know what recylce values of the materials that make up VHS tapes and the toxicity of handling or smelting such. (Plastic IS thie world worse invention; become CURSE! as IS the space program and Drugging and Marketing Industries WE all pay and suffer greatly daily because of the evil greedy ones who LIE/POLUTE/kill for love of money!) I recycle EVERYTHING i possibily CAN !
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Posted on 7/10/2011 4:14:00 PM by Anonymous
Where would I recycle glass?
Posted on 7/9/2011 11:31:00 PM by Anonymous
The city has not picked up my orr my neighbors' recycling for three weeks now. I'm tired for calling 311 each week. Also few of my subdivision neighbors ever bother to recycle. What to do? West side
Posted on 7/8/2011 5:22:00 PM by Anonymous