Did you know? Americans represent 5% of the world’s population but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. Americans waste nearly 1 million pounds of materials per person ever year. Even taking small steps to recycling around the home can make a huge impact to the environment and your household.
If you are wondering how to get started recycling at home, check out these tips from AmeriSouth Recycling.
Know What to Recycle
Knowing what to recycle is the first step to creating better recycling habits. Deciding what to recycle is important, as well as the proper way to recycle them.
Some common household items to recycle are paper, gift wrap and gift bags, plastics, and batteries.
- Paper makes up over 25% of municipal trash generate each year. Recycling paper and paper products can help save trees and natural resources.
- Gift bags and wrapping paper can be reused. Look for recyclable gift wrap or use reusable gift pages and tissue paper.
- Plastics are one of the most important items to recycle as plastics take hundreds of years to decompose.
Other items aerosols, ink and toner cartridges, and batteries can be recycled as well. If you’re not sure how to recycle a certain material, AmeriSouth Recycling will be happy to help you.
Create a Designated Recycling Space
Setting up a dedicated space in your home for recycling will help everyone get involved in your recycling efforts. Choose a place in your home that’s easily accessibly and you’ll be more likely to follow it. Choose your kitchen, pantry, or utility room and place a wide variety of bins with easy to follow instructions.
Re-Use and Repurpose at Home
Instead of throwing away something, try re-using it another way. Many glass containers can be used as organization, while takeout food containers can be reused for food storage. Whether you are looking to repurpose material for a craft or organization, try thinking outside of the box instead of throwing it in the trash.
Recycle Your Water
If you’re a homeowner, consider rearranging your plumbing so that rainwater or wastewater from your shower and tub is used to flush your toilet. If you have a garden, water it with leftover bathwater or dishwashing water.
Donate Goods No Longer Needed
If you don’t love something, let it go. Lots of charities welcome your donations. Instead of throwing away common household items, find a local church or Goodwill donation center. One person’s trash is another’s treasure!
Taking the Next Step at AmeriSouth Recycling in Atlanta, GA
At AmeriSouth Recycling, we can’t wait to help you with all your recycling needs. From cardboard to aluminum, your materials can be recycled in an easy and efficient way.
If you have recyclables, or if you have questions about recycling regulations at AmeriSouth Recycling, contact us through our convenient online form or give us a call at (404) 209-0002. We also encourage you to visit us at 3799 Browns Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30354.