Not a week goes by that you don't read or hear the media discussing being 'Green', environmentally concious, or protecting the universe. It all sounds interesting, and is usually geared to helping individuals believe they can make a difference. Well, guess what? You can!
Think "Recycle, Reuse, Don't Waste, Give Back".
Start with baby steps. Begin by educating yourself. Ask the question, "What daily habit or routine can I change that will make a difference? What am I currently throwing away that could be recycled or reused?"
Here are some ideas that may help you get started, organize your trash, and contribute to a healthier environment:
- Make a mental note of the glass, plastic, paper, and metal you discard weekly. What are you currently throwing away that could be reused? Glass jars, for example, can easily store a variety of goods from soup to nails.
- Contact your local city or town government via a phone call or search the internet for the solid waste division. Learn the extent of their program, the differences between what they pick up and what you must drop off, and what bins or carts you will need to be a participant. Also, confirm their collection schedule for your specific address location.
- Use labeled bins to separate plastics, paper/cardboard, glass, and metal.
- Think of ways to generate less tangible waste. Take your own reusable bags to the store, instead of using their plastic. Many grocery stores will accept used plastic bags which are eventually recycled into plastic 'wood' and bubbled packaging. Consider using rags for cleaning rather than paper towels, or cloth napkins instead of paper.
- Some office supply stores (Staples) will recylce your expired household alkaline batteries, as well as used ink cartridges.
- Consider composting. Vegetable matter, coffee grounds, fruit scraps are all items that can be mixed with grass clippings and leaves. It's easier than you might think.
- Many items can be donated if you no longer have a need. Computers, toys, books, clothing, appliances. Contact your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, or other humanitarian agency.
- Have a family meeting and brainstorm ideas that each member can comment on and offer a solution. It really is a family affair. Approach it as doing something bigger than yourself. It will not only create an awareness of everyone's responsibility, but you might be surprised at the solutions!
While researching ideas for this particular blog, as you might expect, there is a mountain of information. Of course, much is repeated. One specific site, although general in nature, gives a good summation of an organized approach to recycling. I've added that link here. Review, see what might apply to your specific situation, then begin.
Here's to a more healthy environment for us all!