Recycling is the process of separating and/or collecting used waste in order to transform that object into something else. Recycling is one of the best ways for anyone to make an impact on our planet. Not only does recycling help decrease the pollution caused by waste, but recycling also helps to reduce gas emissions from greenhouses. On average each person in the US produces roughly over 4 pounds of waste every day. Multiply that by the population and you will understand why recycling is so important.
So what household items should you start recycling?
- Paper and Cardboard. Any kind of paper and cardboard can be recycled. Paper with staples, paperclips, tape, and so forth are also ok to recycle. It’s important to keep in mind that tissues napkins, and/or paper with food residue should not be considered as a recyclable.
- Plastic, Glass, and Metals. Any type of glass or metal should be recycled. When separating your plastics you should always look on the bottom of the container, anything number 1 through 7 should be considered as a recyclable. Keep in mind that food waste, unnumbered plastic, Styrofoam, and light bulbs should never be recycled.
- Printer Ink Cartridges. Ink cartridges contain toxic materials and should never be thrown away just as trash. You can often receive a discount on new cartridges by bringing yours into major office supply stores to be recycled (You should always check with the store first before doing so).
- Batteries. Before throwing away household batteries next time you should keep in mind that they also contain toxic materials that pollute our landfills. Separating them into the recyclables is highly recommended.
- Old Televisions. Most households contain 3 to 4 televisions, which often get replaced depending on what is in demand. Instead of leaving outdated TV’s curbside, you should check with your local waste company for a solution beforehand.