Recycling of home materials may seem a bit daunting at first – but never fear…if my 3-year-old can do it, so can you. Here are a few guidelines to help you get started. I got this info from www.sustainable.co.za which offers containers for recycling.
If like me, you don’t have the cash to buy these nice containers then use a cardboard box or any container you can get your hands on. Just mind broken glass and other breakables.
Determining which household materials are eligible for recycling and how to prepare them for recycling is another commonly cited stumbling block in the path of recycling home waste. Sustainable breaks it down for you:
1. Newspapers should be kept separate from magazines, glossy paper, paper packaging and envelops – which can all be stored in the same bin
2. It’s not necessary to remove stables from paper publications before recycling, but you should take remove all elastic bands and plastic wrapping
3. Corrugated cardboard is a valuable recycling material, but you need to keep it dry for maximum recycling value
1. Most supermarkets have bins or containers where you can deposit plastic shopping bags for recycling
2. Only certain types of plastic can be recycled, plastic #5, which is used in packaging for margarine, yoghurt and vitamins and is also used in bottle tops, is very difficult to recycle, so it is better to keep them for reuse.
3. #1 PET plastic, which is used in most plastic bottles, is easily recyclable, it is most often used to make fleece fabric for snug, warm winter tops and robes
1. Before you recycle glass, it’s important that you separate it according to colour: green, brown and clear
2. There is no need to remove the paper labels 3. Light bulbs, sheet glass and mirrors should be kept in a different recycling bin to other glass products, such as jars and bottles
1. Food cans can be recycled, but recycling centres prefer that you remove the labels and flatten them as much as possible
2. Aluminum cans (cold drink and beer cans) are favoured recycling materials, and unlike food cans should be left as intact as possible – no unnecessary flattening
3. Tin foil can be recycled to make engine parts
4. Copper is entirely recyclable
5. Aerosol cans, can also be recycled, but it’s necessary to keep the separate from other recycling materials and to leave the labels on so that the contents are easily discernible. Lids should also be left in place.
Once you put your mind to it, and decide to live life as environmentally aware as possible, recycling becomes easier. And with home recycling bins and containers from Sustainable.co.za, correctly separating your recyclable materials is a cinch. Place your order now and start recycling up to 70% of your household waste.