When we think about recycling, we usually just think about the waste we personally produce – the carton drinks, papers, cartridges, plastic containers, and bottles we use. While this is a good start, it shouldn’t stop there. For recycling to truly make an impact in our lives, we must learn to integrate it in our lifestyle and take it wherever we go. This goes beyond recycling just the stuff we lay our hands on.
In general, there are 3 places we go to on a daily basis. Your home, your workplace, and your school. And guess what, we can take recycling to these places and even get others involved in the fun. So without further adieu, here are some tips and tricks to get you and others started in recycling at home, at the office, and at school.
Recycling At Home: Home is where the heart is…and this is where recycling should begin. It’s very easy to do and it also helps you stay on your budget while cutting your waste in half. There’s really no reason to skip this. There are a few things you need to keep in mind for recycling at home.
Don’t just focus on the kitchen. True, there are a lot of recyclable materials in your home’s kitchen…but the same thing can be said at just about any room. Your bathroom, bedroom, living room – all you have to do is keep your eyes wide open and you’re sure to find a lot of used items that you can repurpose.
Recycling at the Workplace: This is a bit more complicated than recycling at home as you have to get other people involved. Having said that, there are a few steps you can take to make it a notch or two easier.
To start setting up an effective recycling campaign or initiative, you should throroughly survey your workplace. This will help you pinpoint what’s going into the trash. From there, you can determine which can be recycled and which ones to include in your recycling initiative.
Of course, you don’t want to do the checking yourself (you’ve got work to do after all). What you can do is reach out to whoever collects your waste. It can be your building’s management team, your municipal waste management program, etc. Ask them what items they recycle and what they don’t.
Recycling at School: This is just as important. Just think of all the plastic bottles, pieces of paper, ink cartridges, cardboard, etc. that are dumped into your school’s trash bins every single day. That’s a lot of stuff you can recycle or repurpose. With that in mind, you should try to speak to and collaborate with international environmental education and recycling programs – those that have award schemes in place that lets your school acknowledge long-term and short-term actions by the whole school for preserving the environment.
Now, these tips give you a headstart. For these to work to its fullest however, you need to deliver consistent action and be determined to see your recycling plans to fruition.