Want to get your home spring-ready in the most environmentally friendly way possible? When it comes to Spring Cleaning, we know that some eco-friendly choices are more obvious than others.
In the below blog article, the recycling experts at AmeriSouth Recycling offer some ideas you may not have considered on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and keep your Spring Cleaning as environmentally friendly as possible.
Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips
When the better weather starts rolling into Atlanta you likely get the itch to give your home a thorough spring cleaning. When your intention is to get your home sparkling clean and free of dirt, germs and grime the last thing you want to do is unintentionally fill it with toxic chemicals from your cleaning products. Likewise, you probably do not want to use paper towels or cleaning wipes that will end up in the landfill.
Two more environmentally friendly cleaning options include nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products and reusable cleaning cloths. Another way to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint is by hanging laundry to dry when the weather is nicer in the spring instead of running the dryer.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose Items in Your Home This Spring
Tidying up and decluttering your home is sure to be part of any spring cleaning you do this year. As you go through the items in your home you will want to make sure you are careful to set aside any items that can be repurposed for a different use or that can be recycled. Some items you may want to look out for include:
- Paper. Make sure to go paperless wherever you can with your bills and accounts and recycle all those paper statements!
- Repurpose things like old toothbrushes to use in scrubbing tile grout or use old clothing to sew smaller items like bean bags.
- Reduce the amount of water you use by always remembering not to leave it running unnecessarily or running it into a bucket
- Reduce your electricity usage by cleaning the coils on your refrigerator, cleaning air ducts and replacing any incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient options as you Spring Clean
Donate Imperfect Clothing Items Instead of Throwing Them Away
Do not throw away slightly damaged textiles. Some organizations accept them and will recycle them. You probably have seen the clothing donation bins in business parking lots in your area. Check and see if they accept ripped or stained clothing items and donate any imperfect clothing items there.
Carefully Consider How to Dispose of Electronics and Other Hazardous Items
As you are cleaning and decluttering you are bound to run across some old electronics like an old smart phone or a laptop that no longer works properly. These items can not be dumped in the landfill as they may contain chemicals that are hazardous to the environment such as arsenic and lead. You will need to contact local recycling centers and see if they take these items and drop them off there.
Contact AmeriSouth Recycling for All Your Recycling Needs
AmeriSouth Recycling can help implement a custom recycling program that specifically addresses your businesses recycling needs. Contact us for a recycling consultation today by completing our convenient online form or giving us a call at (404) 209-0002.