We all are aware of how important recycling has become to control the damage we are causing to the environment and reduce it effectively. Recycling has become a major enterprise in every region of the world. More organizations have come up with new ways to recycle and reuse things that can reduce the carbon footprint on the earth. We all need to understand how we can recycle goods and how effective we can make them. Since there is no recycling program available as a universal solution, we need to find the best ways used by people to do it right.
Avoid plastic bags at all costs
Plastic grocery bags are the most harmful waste that can result in a list of damages to the environment. They are the worst when it comes to hurting and killing animals. Avoid using these plastic bags and find a recyclable solution to drop of these bags instead of throwing them away with your regular waste. Sandwich bags, bubble wrap, plastic wraps are also a part of the same category.
Avoid recycling small things
Do you know that small plastic items like straws, bottle caps, coffee pods, etc., can jam the recycling equipment? You cannot send everything for recycling to think you did well. You need the awareness of identifying what you can send for recycling. You can only send things that are bigger than a credit card, as says an expert. You can bring items like bottle caps to companies that take scrap so they can find a better use for it.
Keep recyclable goods clean
If you really want to reuse recyclable items, make sure that you clean them properly to be used again. If your containers are not easy to clean, it is a stupid idea to reuse them. Cardboard boxes like pizza boxes may seem good to be reused, but you should dump it immediately and send it for recycling when there is cheese and grease on the box.
Do not mix your trash
Remember that not everything can go to recycling facilities. You may send some items that can damage the recycled goods. Do not send plastic-coated paper cups for paper recycling as the plastic can ruin their entire recycle process. In order to solve this problem, you should go back and avoid buying items that have non-recyclable materials like plastic-coated paper.
Learn about plastic
Different types of plastic are sent to different recycling plants. Every plastic is a part of a category that the recycling facilities consider right for the process. The general plastic category is labeled from codes 1 to 7. The higher the code number, the harder it is to recycle the plastic. The usual plastic recycling plants can easily recycle plastic codes 1 and 2, but above that becomes tricky. Learn about the type of plastic you want to recycle so you can send them to the right plants. Plastic bags, cracker bags, cereal bags are hard to recycle and cannot be sent with plastic soda bottles.