Recycling is an important family habit to practice on Earth Day (April 22) and all year long. Just about every bit of household waste can and should go in the recycle bin. A good Earth Day habit to aim for is 5 times more refuse in your recycle bin than garbage can. An Earth Day goal is one bag of garbage a week and the rest recycled trash. But as good as it feels to see an overflowing recycle bin, it can be messy and tedious without a home management plant for organizing recycled trash.
You don’t need to buy fancy recycle bin organizers, however. Here are easy recycling tips for Earth Day, to manage recycled trash. These home management recycling tips use recycled trash to organize recycled trash (how’s that for repurpose and reuse?) Recycling programs sort by glass, paper, plastic and metal. So each week, set out four containers for recycled trash–paper bags or boxes for paper recycled trash, plastic bags for plastic, glass and metal recycled trash. Good home management dictates rinsing metal and glass containers so they don’t draw bugs.
Recycling tips for paper trash. Place scrap paper, junk mail, collapsed cardboard boxes (with plastic removed), school flyers, paper packaging, and circulars sideways in paper bags. Remove inner plastic liners from cereal, pasta and cake mix boxes. Shake plastic liners outside (for birds) to remove crumbs. Place in plastic recycling. Magazines and newspapers go into a separate bag for school newspaper drives.
Recycling tips for metal and glass. Use a sturdy plastic bag (from grocery, shopping, cat food, cat litter or toilet paper) for metal. Rinse cans, and remove labels (place in paper recycled trash). Recycling is part of home management but so is safety.. So don’t remove can lid entirely. To prevent injuries, flatten lid to inside of can with spoon. Nest cans by size. Rinse glass bottles and remove labels. Put any broken glass or chipped glasses in recycled plastic bag and then in glass bag. Metal lids and bottle caps go in metal bag.
Recycling tips for plastic recycling-toss in clean plastic containers, bottles, pill bottles, cartons, outer plastic shrink wrap, plastic liners, plastic windows from cardboard boxes or envelopes. Place larger plastic, glass, and metal containers (laundry jugs, coffee canisters) in recycle bin. Rinse containers and whenever possible, reuse rinse water. Rinsed laundry soap goes in wash. Rinse food containers (soup cans, etc) and add rinse water to whatever food is being used to make.
A great home management idea is to keep a recycle bin upstairs and downstairs. Once a week, sort into into main recycling. On trash day, gather the bags, tie closed and place in the recycle bin. Note some community recycling programs don’t want you sort recycled trash. In that case just fill a large recycled plastic bag for trash day. For more on Earth Day and green living, visit Lady Greenwise.