Recycling - Around the House

Remember “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”? Notice how recycle is last. The first thing you should be doing in your home is reducing what you use. It’s great that you put your old pizza boxes in the blue bin, although if they have cheese all over them, they can’t be recycled anyway, but how about making your own pizza at home? This way, you eliminate the box altogether, as well as save the gas the pizza delivery guy would use to get to your home.

Another option is to reuse what you already have or give it away to someone or an organization that can make use of it. After those two have been exhausted, then you recycle, as recycling takes more energy than the first two options combined.

Much of what we think we recycle, isn’t. That’s because paper, plastic and any other material can't be reprocessed if it’s covered in food. Rinse out your water bottles, milk cartons and anything else you are putting into the little blue bin.

It takes 95% less energy to recycle an aluminum can than make another one from scratch.

Make sure you are aware of what can and can’t be recycled or reused. Plastic water bottles are often made of a thin plastic that can leach harmful chemicals into your water, especially if left out in the sun and used over prolonged periods of time. They are not dishwasher safe and can collect bacteria if not washed properly. So, don’t reuse those or avoid buying them altogether.

Freecycle is a way to not only get rid of things you have around the house that are still useful, but also find items you need. The best part of all of this? It’s FREE!!! Hence freecycle. You go online to and find a freecycle group in you area and that is where you can post and find what you need. No wasting time and gas on driving around looking through garage sales! You can also create a freecycle group if there isn’t one near you.

A good way to be proactive about recycling is to be aware of what kind of packaging your food comes in, and what is easily recyclable. Buy your eggs in a cardboard carton instead of Styrofoam.

3 to 5% of Canada’s green house gas emissions come from landfills. We can change that by reducing the amount of stuff that goes in them.

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