Recycling is something that anyone can do to help reduce their carbon footprint and the impact that they have on the environment. While many people recycle, there are some that do not really understand how the process works from start to finish. Many people may also have questions about how the recycling process actually works. The goal of this article is to help clear up any questions, concerns, or confusions that a person may have not only in regards of how to recycle but also to how the recycling process works.
The first thing to understand before starting any recycling program is that there are tools that are necessary – sturdy recycling bins that are designated for specific materials. The number of these bins that are necessary depends on the composition of your household waste and the volume of waste that is produced. Most homes find it beneficial to have one for paper, one for plastic, one for glass items, and one for metal.
Upon deciding how many recycling bins you will need, it is next necessary to locate an area that will allow them to be out of the way but still easily accessible. Many people choose to use the garage while others choose a spot under the kitchen counter behind a cabinet. Some people choose to put them out on their porch in order to keep them not only out the way but also to reduce the amount of odour in the home. If placing recycling bins outdoors, it is imperative that they have tight lids, as animals such as foxes, insects, and stray pets love to look through these bins and knock them over. Having tight lids on the containers will save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent cleaning up messes made by outdoor pests.
After setting up the bins and finding the place where you wish to store them, it is then time to educate yourself as to what can be recycled and what cannot. This can be somewhat tricky, as what is and isn’t accepted by your local waste management or recycling facility will vary. By calling the local waste management or recycling facility and asking them what kinds of materials they accept and process, you can be a more active and efficient recycler. Some materials, such as electronic equipment, light bulbs, broken glass, or aerosols need to be sent to specialty recycling facilities. Most modern packaging also indicates whether or not it can be recycled.
It is then important to know how to dispose of the recycling contents. Most local waste management facilities now pick up the recycling on the same day that the standard trash is picked up. Some people, however, still have to take care of their recycling themselves. By locating the nearest recycling facility and calling them to find out what their hours of operation are, you can work out a schedule that fits in with your lifestyle.
Next, is the recycling process itself. Once the recycling has been removed from the home and has been delivered to the recycling or waste management facility, it is dismantled and sorted. After being dismantled and sorted, the parts and pieces of the recycling are then sent to processing facilities. The process from there depends greatly on what kind of material the product is made out of, as the process for recycling is different from the process of recycling glass or metal and so on.
By following these steps, you can do your part in reducing the amount of resources that are used. Recycling is a great way to influence not only your own life, but the lives of those around you and can be a great way to help out not only your community or town but also your planet.