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WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED

You may be surprised at all the things that can be recycled. Many people assume that, apart from the occasional pop bottle or beer can, everything else will end up in the rubbish bin. This is certainly not the case. In fact, if you have a trustworthy landlord that encourages you to recycle correctly and take part in a composting system, you will find that your weekly garbage pickup will be reduced enormously. Not only is this better for your home but also for your environment.

Recycling is all about reusing the product or re-creating something out of it. Things like scrap metal, reclaimed wood and brick can all be recycled and brought to life in new and exciting ways. While most of us do not have pieces of scrap metal hanging around the home, if you are a builder or looking into a DIY project, look for a shop that offers recycled materials for your project.

Everyday Recycling Made Easy

So what can you recycle each week and what gets thrown out? One of the most common products around the home to recycle is glass. There are plenty of items that come in glass bottle and containers. Glass bottles can be recycled but window glass, ceramics, light bulbs and ovenware should not be recycled into the recyclable containers supplied by your council.

Other common items include the daily newspaper and other paper products. This includes things like magazines, telephone directories, junk mail and corrugated paper. You can also do your own part by looking into paperless billing systems by receiving your bills and making payments through an online email account instead of through the mail. You can also have your catalogues emailed to you rather than go through the post.

Steel and aluminum cans are common recycled products. When recycling aluminum cans, rinse out the cans beforehand. If you are unsure whether the item can be recycled, check to see if it sticks to a magnet. If it does, it can be recycled. You can also recycle many plastic items such as plastic pop bottles, plastic milk jugs as well as other everyday items such as motor oil and used car batteries.

Reuse, Recycle and Compost

In addition to recycling, you can also practice reusing items as well as composting. Reusing items means using them again and again and again instead of buying items brand new. Washing an item out can make it reusable. For example, use old ice cream tubs as storage containers for smaller items; use older shampoo bottles as spray cans; and reuse children's clothing by shopping second hand or using hand-me-downs. There are countless different ways and items you can reuse.

Composting is all composting items rather than throwing them out. This includes grass, leaves and other items from your yard as well as leftover veggies and fruits from dinner. The key to composting is to combine 'brown' compost with 'green' items to make the perfect mixture. Composting not only reduces your garbage but also provides an excellent and nutrient rich soil for your garden.

When it comes to what can be recycled and what cannot, it is a good idea to check with your local council to see if they have a print out sheet. Stick the sheet on your fridge. If you are new to recycling you can refer to the sheet if ever in doubt. As you start doing it on a regular basis, you will become more familiar with what goes into the trash, what goes into the compost and what goes into the recycling bin. You will notice a big difference in your weekly garbage consumption right away.

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