What are the main areas every household can recycle?
Every household produces waste every day and lots of it end up in landfill. But do you know that you can recycle almost all your garbage? Let’s take a look at the main household areas and what we can do about it.
1. Electronic and Electrical Waste- any electronic device that is outdated, broken, discarded, or at the end of its useful life go to waste. This includes cell phones, computers, laptops, game consoles, monitors, televisions, printers, scanners, and any other electrical device. Many of the materials found in these electronic devices are extremely hazardous. Collect all your old electronic materials and take them to an e-waste recycling facility to make sure they are properly handled.
2. Food and Garden Waste – Create your own “Worm farm” and feed it all of your food scraps, flowers, grass and weeds. For large garden waste like twigs and branches, you can take it to your local recycling centre.
3. Glass – Beer/wine bottles, beverage containers, dishes, food jars, mirrors, glasses. Get creative and repurpose those bottles into some decorative stuff for the home. Glass can be recycled with relative ease, and collections are nationwide. Just clean the glass before leaving it out for recycling.
4. Liquid and Hazardous Chemicals - Use and store products containing hazardous chemicals carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. Dispose of household chemical products the responsible way; bring them to your local waste depot.
5. Textiles – include: clothes, curtains, bedding, towels, handbags, cloths, rugs, mats and shoes. Make some extra cash by selling your used clothes. Textiles that are in a reasonable condition can be donated to charity shops. You can also turn your old clothing into something new, dye them or put some art to them. We can always turn our old clothes into cleaning rags.
6. Metal – includes copper, steel, aluminum, brass, iron and wire. Many of our home appliances are made of metals. This includes our washers & dryers, refrigerators, ovens & stoves and water heaters. Most scrap metal can be recycled for cash payments at your local scrap yard. Make sure drink and food cans are clean before recycling.
7. Paper and Cardboard - Paper and cardboard cannot be recycled together and so are often collected separately. Newspapers should be saved in its own bin, as this material goes directly back into newsprint recycling. Many recycling programs take corrugated cardboard as long as the boxes have been emptied and flattened to make transporting them easier. Cardboard is also excellent to home compost, just tear and scrunch it and mixed in with garden and food waste.
8. Plastic – Almost all recycling centers accept plastics. Empty and clean plastic bottles, remove all labels and caps from the bottles before recycling. Most grocery stores have bins outside so customers can drop off used plastic bags for recycling or better yet bring your own reusable shopping bags and containers.
9. Waste from Construction and Renovation – Finished renovating your house? And there are some bricks, concrete, masonry, wood and other unwanted materials produced after construction or renovation? Bricks and concrete can be crushed and reused for other construction projects while small wood scraps can be used for some home projects or as kindling.
If every household can recycle their waste, we will help save the environment by minimizing the number of trees cut per year and save our forests. Recycling household waste not only save our natural resources but also help save energy, reduce air pollution as well as water pollution. Let us all commit to re-use, reduce and recycle to help our planet be a better place to live in.