Ways you can Recycle at Home
Everyone can play a part in recycling and recycling can start right from your home and your neighbourhood. Here are some ways that you can do to reduce waste.
In the Kitchen
If you use disposal cups when you have a party, you can limit the number of cups you use by providing a way for your guests to identify their cup, so they don't have to get another one from the stack.
Put a colorful sticker on the bottom of the cup, or ask your guests to mark their initials on the bottom of the cup with an indelible marker. In this way, your guests can easily identify their cup when they are ready for a refill.
Buy a set of plastic dishes and cups to use outside, so you don't have to buy paper plates and cups for an outdoor party. And if you are buying plastic forks, and cups, you can WASH them in the dishwasher and use them again. (Yes, you can WASH THEM!)
Some of the heavy-duty pressed paper plates are also washable (believe it or not). Look on the Chinet dinnerware packages and you'll see a label that indicates you can wash them in the dishwasher.
Use cloth napkins and tablecloths instead of paper.
In the Bathroom
Use non-aerosol shaving cream and deodorant.
Look at shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste containers before you buy them, and buy those that are recyclable so you can put them in your community recycling when they are empty. There are also a number of refill packs that you can also get from the stores.
Use toilet paper that is made from recycled content (chlorine free). Install a showerhead and toilet that conserve water.
In the Den or Family Room
Purchase only recycled paper and office supplies (pens, notebooks, etc.).
Do not buy colored paper if you can avoid it. You see, white paper is preferred because it can be more easily recycled without a complex chemical process.
Use scrap paper to write notes or take messages.
Print or copy your documents on two sides so you use half as much paper.
If you are printing or copying something for reference and it doesn't have to be clean and pristine, consider using the flip side of an old document or a letter you got in the mail from a bank, credit card company, etc.
You don't need a clean piece of paper to copy a travel itinerary to hang on your family's bulletin board for reference.
Don't make more copies than you need!
If you are writing a school paper, letter or other document in your computer, be sure you finish your proof reading and do your spell-check on the screen BEFORE YOU PRINT the document.
Use a smaller font and wider margins so you can fit more content on the page and you won't have to print as many pages.
That process will ensure that you don't have to print the same document more than once to get it right!
Send an email whenever you can, as opposed to writing a letter. You will save money on stamps and your message will get there a lot faster!
When you are finished reading a book, or listening to a tape or CD, give them to friends to share, or contribute them to book drives, libraries, hospitals, or charity organizations.
On the Road
Drive your car at or below the speed limit to conserve fuel, and avoid speeding up and slowing down and/or sudden starts and stops (these driving habits use more fuel).
Be sure your tires are filled to the appropriate pressure for the season and for the recommendations in your user manual.
Park your car in the shade during the hot summer months, so you don't have to crank up the air conditioner to get the car cool when you get in the car.
At the Store
Bring a canvas bag to do your grocery shopping, instead of taking paper or plastic bags home.
If you have plastic bags at home, take them to the store and use them to pack your groceries, instead of bringing MORE bags home.
Some stores will even give you a few pennies off for bringing your own grocery bags.
Buy fresh items that do not require packaging. Instead of buying canned corn, buy fresh corn. Instead of buying frozen broccoli, buy fresh broccoli.
It is healthier and has more vitamins, too!
Purchase concentrated cleaners and mix them with water, rather than buying more bottles of cleaning fluids and detergents.
If you preferred the ready-to-use cleaners, buy them in bulk so you only have one container to recycle.