Many people want to recycle in order to reduce their negative effects on the earth, but it is difficult to know where to start. Some garbage services still do not offer recycling. Others can have expensive services. You may not know what bits of recycle waste management are more important than others, or if your small impact on the earth is really worth the trouble. It IS worth the trouble.
Recycling should not be of an inconvenience to you. If you build a lifestyle around it and make it a habit, it will be only one more small thing you do during your day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Think of recycling the same way you think of brushing your teeth. It takes only a few moments out of your day, but when you are used to it, you do not notice it. After a while, you cannot imaging life without it and may scorn others who do not do it.
If your system is organized, it will literally amount only to the difference of you dropping some of your garbage products into a different bin. Put your recycling bins right with your trash can, so you would be going there anyway. Have all of the bins clearly labeled so you do not have to worry about sorting through things later. You should have bins for plastics, paper and cardboard, tin, and glass. You can get even more specific depending on your area and you knowledge of the subject.
Make sure you know if your trash collector does recycling free of charge or if there is an area nearby that will do it. Keep in mind how they would like the recycling. Some only take it if it is bagged. Some only take it if it is not. By learning their preferences, it will save everyone a huge headache.
Remember to compost. Much of our waste products, like left-over food, could either be fed to pets, given to lower income families before it goes bad, or put on a compost pile and used as a fertilizer. Why wait and let it go bad in the first place, when it could do others some good? And if there is not enough to make a meal, why waste a plastic garbage bag when you can dump in on the compost heap and give back to the environment?
When one thinks of recycling and waste management, we mostly focus on redeeming our bottles instead of throwing them away. And why not? If you can get money back for something and do a good deed, what is stopping you? Most plastics, cans, and glass have the material stamped right on the surface so you will know if you can redeem it and where.
Waste management also means stopping waste before it starts. It means saving energy and conserving when and where you can. A sad but truthful tip to getting many people to conserve energy is to make them convince themselves that every bit of wasted energy costs them money. If you start thinking like that–that every minute you leave the light on when you are not in the room costs you five dollars–you would be amazed at how much more energy efficient you are.
In some cases, it is true. Look how much your energy bill goes up around the holidays when you have more lights on for extended periods of time. If you are extremely cautious with your lights, especially if you were wasteful before, then your bill actually COULD decrease.