Although regulated or mandatory recycling does not exist in all cities, there are many things we can all do to recycle certain materials, or even to classify waste, a task that although it may sound boring, it can really be made fun, educational, and especially useful.
To get started, if you live in a city where recycling is part of the public services that are paid, you have to use it to the fullest. Be informed about the schedules of the garbage and recycled material’s collection, and prepare to classify your waste between organic and recyclable.
If you do not know what you can recycle and what you can not, here is a basic list of elements that could help you:
- Rigid Plastics/Bottles.
- Loose Plastic Bags.
- Paper and Cardboard.
- Metals (Tin, aluminum, and steel cans)
- Soiled Food Items.
- Polystyrene Foam Cups or Containers.
If your city does not have an official program, it’s possible that there are recycling centers near you. Try to locate some and ask what kind of elements they receive.Once you make the decision to recycle, it’s easier to start making decisions that help reduce the amount of waste that contributes to environmental pollution: reusable cups and bottles, and dishes that you can wash, instead of plastic, paper, or foam products will always be a better option. If you have items that usually are considered trash (cardboard, boxes, used print paper, etc) try to re-purpose them and use them for crafts, children’s homework, or even to build or decorate new household items.
Even if it seems silly, every little thing we do can mean a big step for our community, and for our country.