Recently, there has been a big push to recycle anything and everything that can be recycled. I believe this is important and doesn’t have to be as hard or complicated as some people make it out to seem. If everyone did little things to produce less trash, then that would already make a significant difference.
Recycling is important because humans are producing a significant number of trash that is not biodegradable. This is causing problems that can lead to harmful result for humans and other species. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to start recycling.
First off, educate yourself about what can be recycled and how.
Sometimes recycling bins don’t explicitly say what is allowed to be thrown in them. Because of this people will end up throwing their recyclable in the landfill bin. While not all bins accept the same materials chances are these are recyclable: glass bottles, milk cartons, paper, aluminum cans, tin cans, and plastics.
It is also important to know what items cannot be recycled and how to properly get rid of these materials. Some items that cannot be recycled include light bulbs, carbon paper foil wrapping, Pyrex, oven-proof glass, mirrors, and broken glass.
Next, it is important to find any programs around you that can help you recycle. The easiest thing to do would be to look up programs on the internet to find what is around you that will accept recyclable materials. Then, come up with a system that you can use at home that is easy for you and your family to stick to. Make it as easy as possible so that it doesn’t seem like an extra hassle for yourself and your family.
Once you’ve gotten into the groove of recycling try to get your other family and friends to try it to. Give them tips to make it easy for them to start recycling.
Remember, even just doing small things can go a long way in the long run. And little every day switches can also make a big difference. For example, instead of buying bottled water, buy a reusable water bottle and a water filter if needed and use that to carry your water.
All places have water fountains so you don’t need to worry about not having a place to refill when you are out. Start using reusable tupperwares for your food instead of plastic bags. The only downside is that tupperwares may take up a little more room, but the long run benefit is far greater.
Recycling can be fun and does not have to be a hard chore. It does require some research but can be something fun that you can do with your family and friends. Who knows, that one small change now could lead to more changes along the road that could lead to even bigger changes.
Summer Intern- Estelle Rohr