Even though more than 75% of waste is recyclable, we only recycle about 30%. This is especially problematic when it comes to plastic, which can last 500 years before decomposing.
Your local waste management services and plastic recycling companies will often have tips to help you improve your recycling habits, but there are still many less conventional ways that you can recycle more plastic. Here are just a few simple tips to get you started
- Recycle All Bottles
Waste management services and plastic recycle centers will usually accept much more than just water, milk and soda bottles. You can usually recycle bottles from cooking oil, condiments, salad dressing an other foods as well as jars from things like jelly, peanut butter and mayonnaise. Don’t forget to check your bathroom as well as your cupboard. Shampoo and conditioner bottles can often be recycled, and so can bottles and jugs from laundry detergent and household cleaners.
- Recycle More Bags
Many people know they can return their plastic bags to the grocery store to recycle them, but that isn’t limited to just shopping bags. You can also recycle newspaper bags, bread wraps, wrappings from toilet paper and paper towels, and the packaging from diapers and baby wipes. Expand your idea of what constitutes a recyclable bag and bring as much plastic as you can to the grocery store.
- Recycle Lunch Bags
Those sealable plastic snack and freezer bags can be recycled too. Wash out your plastic baggies, dry them and then cut off the zipper to prepare them for recycling. You can recycle them through waste management services or turn them in with your other bags at the grocery store.
- Recycle Containers and Lids
You’ll usually have to check your community guidelines for this one, but you can often recycle things like yogurt cups, deli meat packages, Tupperware lids, butter tubs, and other plastic containers to keep them from ending up in landfills.
Changing these simple things about your recycling habits can significantly reduce your personal carbon footprint.
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