By now, we all know that recycling is important. Putting used materials into the recycling stream means they can continue to be useful rather than clogging up a landfill. Given the importance of this topic, it’s a great idea to get organized at home so you can quickly sort out your recycling from the items that need to land in the trash. Here are some great recycling organization ideas to help simplify the way you handle recyclables at home!
To streamline your recycling process, you’ll first need to know what can be recycled in your area and what needs to be thrown away. It can be hard to remember where everything should go, so create a master list that can be displayed somewhere prominent for easy reference (the refrigerator door is a great spot).
The company (or municipal agency) that collects your recycling should have a complete list on their website of what can be recycled. Once you have printed a list and posted it somewhere everyone in the family can find it, sorting out the recycling should be easier than ever before.
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If you need to sort your recyclables before they are taken away, you can make that job easy by using multiple bins inside your home. For instance, you might have one bin for plastic bottles and another for newspaper. Sorting these items from the start will save you from needing to do this at the last minute before you put the recycling out for collection.
We should note that many areas have now moved to ‘single stream’ recycling, meaning that all recyclables are placed together in the same container. If that’s the case in your area, you will be able to skip the sorting step.
Most of the waste produced by your household—whether it’s trash or recycling—is going to be generated in the kitchen. So, it makes sense to set up your recycling hub somewhere near the kitchen. If you collect your recycling on the opposite side of the house from the kitchen, you might be tempted to just toss some recyclables into the garbage instead of taking the time to walk to the recycling bin. By making things as easy and convenient as possible, you’ll be more likely to follow through on this task.
Of course, you probably don’t have room in or near your kitchen for a big recycling bin, so consider using a relatively small bin for daily collection. Then, at the end of the day, or after a few days, you can take that small bin and toss its contents into your bigger recycling container.
For those who find that they collect a significant amount of recyclables, holding those materials inside can become a burden. If you’d like to move them out of your house, consider ordering a CITIBIN recycling enclosure to make that a viable option. Our great-looking bins will provide a convenient and secure place to store your recyclables, while adding to the visual appeal of your home and concealing your recyclables until collection day. Consider ordering two, so you can easily sort and store your trash and recyclables side by side!
Perhaps the most important aspect of your home recycling plan is to make sure everyone living in the house is on the same page. It won’t do any good to set up a recycling process if you are the only one who understands what is to be recycled, where it goes, when it is picked up, etc. Provide the necessary information to everyone in the house to make it more likely that your process will stick.
It is naturally difficult to get children to follow along with these kinds of plans, so consider making it a game. Depending on the age of the children, it might be appropriate to offer some kind of small reward each time they properly recycle something they have used. Not only will this help to keep your house clean and tidy, but it will also establish a good habit that they will hopefully carry with them into adult life.
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