four pounds of waste per day – which equals a ton and a half per year – it is extremely important to recycle as much as possible[sc:1]. It costs a lot of resources, time, and effort to create new products continually, especially when they could be reused instead of being placed in landfill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 75% of the American waste stream could be recycled. Currently, only around 30% of it is. There is obviously huge room for improvement, and it starts with you! Learn to sort your household waste properly, recycle everything that can be recycled, and save the environment – one piece of trash at a time[sc:1].
The materials which can be recycled range from paper and cardboard, to various plastic and metal containers, to things like batteries or electronics. Each type of waste needs to be sorted differently and disposed of in a certain way, depending on where you live and on the recycling rules of the region. In some places, recycling may be non-existent[sc:2]. If you live somewhere like this, then you should still consider sorting your household waste and delivering it to some sort of recycling plant yourself.
Read this easy guide to gain an understanding of how to sort your waste at home:
- Glass Bottles
Before recycling glass jars or bottles you should rinse them and remove the lid (which can be placed in either the metal or plastic stream depending on what it is made of). I some places, you will be required to separate different coloured glasses to make the recycling process easier[sc:3].
- Metals and Plastics
- Paper and Cardboard
- Organic Waste