Tip 1: Get the right supplies
I was intimidated about taking this on because our city previously required everything to be sorted, and sorted correctly, in order for it to be picked up. Lucky me, at the start of the year they began allowing recyclables to be mixed!
Our city requires recyclables to be places in blue recycling bags. We originally were using the small bags we got at the grocery, but they filled up so fast! I was so happy when I found out they actually made blue bags meant for recycling!
We picked up a bin to collect our items in, and we were ready to go!
Tip 2: Educate yourself
Did you know that you can’t recycle pizza boxes? Did you know that you can recycle wrapping paper? Be sure you are in the know of what actually can and can’t be recycled. Read up on your city’s website to find out the most up to date information about what can be recycled.
Here is a GREAT resource provided by the city of Cleveland Heights!
Tip 3: Take the time to do it right
Be sure to sort if your city requires it. Always rinse items that contained food. Any remnants of food and the entire bag may have to be discarded. I worked at the recycling center at my college for 2 years and had to sort out recyclables, so trust me on this. Food waste can transfer and make a huge mess, turning a bag of recyclables into garbage quickly.
Finally taking recycling seriously has made me feel better about the impact I am having on the environment for my son’s future. There is much more I can to, but it is one small step.
What were your resolutions this year? How have you done?