The world began to experience recycling of materials about forty years ago in the United States of America, when a paper industry used waste papers to express the quality of their products to the public.
Your self-improvement skills and techniques are measured in your ability to organise your home. There is an old saying “charity begins at home”. Therefore, ‘recycling should also begin at home with you’. This act is regulated by nature; it is the basis of existence and designed for progress and survival of all creatures. However, we are looking at ways you can improve recycling of discarded materials at home.
Here are some tips that will help you.
1. First things first, a little R & R & R
These three ‘Rs’ here depict of the processes and steps you should take before thinking of recycling. It is simply “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. It is important for you to reduce your consumption rate and shift preferences to well-packaged goods and services. Therefore, before you trash that product consider some alternative uses. Furthermore, fix it, if it is broken. Do not consider replacing it. Then you can recycle by tossing plastic water bottles into the recycle bin; and minimize disposable plastic bottles if you use reusable water bottles.
2. Encourage an artist
You can supply recycled materials to artists. An experienced artist need everything like paper towel tubes to oven doors, while a school student can use rubber bands and paper towel tubes for their art works.
3. Buy recycled
In this sense, we mean supporting the usage and production of recycled items. This is known as feeding the loop. Here, you do not only encourage recycling but also buy and use recycled products from printer papers to office chairs.
4. Know what you can and cannot recycle
Every area has its recycling rules, therefore study the guidelines pertaining to your zone and make sure you do not send out anything that cannot be processed.
5. Recycle your greenery
This process is about composting waste leaves and vegetables from your kitchen, and garden cuttings into indoor or outdoor composter. This may not attract much worms but it will decompose very well. Composting is the best and easiest way of recycling wastes. However, wastes are categorized into two: you have the biological nutrients and technical nutrients. These biological nutrients refer to waste products that can decay and return or recycle to the ground. While the technical nutrients are those waste items that cannot decompose but need to be reused or recycled into new products by some chemical and mechanical means. Your kitchen trash bin would not fill up easily and would not smell if you learn how to quickly, compost food scraps.
6. Recycle your robots
There are electronics and hazardous recycling days in many cities. Here, the agencies will collect your electronics like robots, computers, and cell phones to recycle them. You will see companies like Ebay and other non-profit agencies that will take your computer parts and fix them into useful working computer systems. Some senior citizens will benefit from your old cell phones that will be given to them. Your old and bad major appliances could be useful to trade schools, hobbyists, and local repair shops, as they will practice to fix it.
7. Recycle your water
Do you know wastewater from your shower could be channeled to flush the toilet? Engage the services of a plumber, who will re-channel wastewater from your bathroom and the rainwater to flush the toilet. More so, if you have a garden, the leftover water could be used to water the garden.
8. Become a waste-stream analyst
Examine the quality of materials that come into your home to know the stuff they are made off. This will help you to know when you can recycle them.