When it comes to food preparation, by the end of the meal-making process, do you find that your counters are absolutely cluttered with plastics, cans, and wrappings? Do you just leave your garbage can out, hoping that it will all fit without you having to take a break and take the garbage out in the meantime?
What are some benefits of recycling?
- Allows items that would be thrown away, to be reused, or turned into something else
- Saves the environment
- Preserves energy
- Creates jobs
- Conserves raw material
- Reduces the amount of garbage that is sent to landfills, preventing their increase in size
- Laundry baskets set on the floor or in a closet
- Rubbermaids with paper bags set inside to divide the different types
- Garbage can under the sink, except designate it as a recycling bin
- Bin in the garage
4. Make sure you know WHAT you can recycle. Like I mentioned earlier, there is a number on each item that indicates whether it is recyclable or not. At first, it may seem overwhelming, but trust me, you learn quickly and most things I find, ARE recyclable! For instance, I didn’t know we could recycle paper at first, but after looking at the options, I jumped on that because I would say that is the one item we recycle most. Just think JUNK MAIL!
Even though recycling may seem like one more thing to do, I have found that it has actually helped our home become MORE organized because I recycle things I would normally hang on to or even throw away. For example, if I have a container that I know wouldn’t be worth bringing to a thrift store, instead of hanging onto it, I recycle it! So in this instance, recycling has helped us DECLUTTER our home.
So the next time your counters are overflowing with recyclables, take the time to sort and save space and money in the process!