Have you considered recycling before recycling? May sound weird, but it makes sense. Objects that sit in your recycling bin can take awhile to get recycled once it hits its final destination. That goes for garbage too. Finding use for empty, unwanted material is something to keep in mind before tossing it into the recycle bin or the trash. It’s just like the ‘saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ Whether its furniture, clothing, electronics, or even yoghurt containers, whatever it is, give it a second chance.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before letting something in and letting something go:
Switching up consumption habits can make a big difference. Use less so you don’t have as much useless material lying around, reducing the amount we consume and choosing well-designed products and services help along the way.
Conduct a waste audit so you know what materials come and go its in your home, office, or school. Set up a timeline, maybe a week or a month, and separate your waste categories to see how much is piling up.
Encourage an artist to create something interesting from recycled materials or donate them to the local school. Who knows, you might inspire someone!
If something no longer has use for you, donate it to charity. Give everything in your house a second chance before saying goodbye.
Find out the recycling rules in your area. Each city has its own guidelines, so make sure you double check before sending off something that can’t be processed.