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Setting Up a Recycling Program at Home

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There is a huge need for recycling to be done at home. For one, households are major consumers of goods as well as major producers of wastes. A good part of the garbage that is brought to the landfills comes from households.

But that is just one thing. Just like in anything, children learn their most important life lessons at home. In order to reinforce the need for our society to pursue recycling actively and to encourage the next generation to do that as well, kids should be taught to recycle at home.

The Importance of Recycling at Home

Why do we need to recycle household wastes? We have all heard different kinds of arguments as to why recycling should be done in various media, but in summary, here are the four reasons why recycling is important.

Recycling saves our natural resources. Many household wastes are made up of plastics, wood products, metallic products, Styrofoam and other such products. These materials are created from natural resources such as wood, metal and petroleum. Our planet’s natural resources are limited and can be depleted. Recycling and reusing these products can extend the use of these materials.

Recycling reduces pollution. There are many household wastes that are non-biodegradable. Otherwise, they contain chemicals that can be harmful. When non-biodegradable materials end up in a landfill, they stay there for years and years. If they have chemicals, these chemicals can seep into the soil and pollute ground water. In some places, non-biodegradable materials are burned, and such an activity is a source of pollution.

Recycling saves up on space occupied by landfills. With the amount of garbage that households produce, it is becoming a problem where to put them. Landfills are not capable of accommodating the volumes of waste that our modern society produces. We do not exactly have other viable options to address the shrinking landfills, and creating new ones always pose another problem.

How Recycling Programs at Home Work

Recycling at home is a very simple process, but it takes work to maintain it and get it done consistently. The key to a good recycling program at home is consistency.

Here are tips on how to set up recycling at home.

Pick a place at your home where it is most convenient for all the household members to do their recycling. It could be the garage or the patio, or any place in your home that is not out of the way for anyone. Set up that place so that it is easy to clean and to gather the recyclable materials. Assign a separate receptacle for each type of recyclable: paper, metallic objects, cardboard, glass and plastics even printer ink cartridges.

Do you wish to donate your recyclables? Do you wish them to be collected by a franchised hauler? Or do you want to be paid back for your recyclables? Whatever decision you make on this one will affect how your recyclables will be collected or disposed of.

Again, recycling at home should be maintained consistently. It is the only way for it to be successful.

Reasons Why Waste Recycling Is Important

For many decades now, communities have been generating toxic waste materials and dumping the same into the environment without realizing the damage caused to the eco-system. Industrial waste is obviously not the only culprit of toxic material and massive pollution. The disposal of household goods, including electronics, food packaging, detergents, plastic bottles, polythene bags, etc. is proving to be a major waste problem. Therefore, it is important for communities around the world to invest in proper processes and mechanisms that can minimize the danger waste poses to the environment.

Common household waste household waste example

The common waste items generated from most households include paper waste (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers, envelopes and cardboard boxes), plastic waste (e.g. plastic bags, rubber bags, plastic wrappers and water bottles), glass waste (e.g. beer & wine bottles, water bottles and broken bottles) and aluminum waste (e.g. tomato cans, fruit cans and soda cans). All these waste items can be collected and sent to any recycle center, where they are sorted, combined, crushed and melted, and then manufactured into new materials.

Importance of waste recycles

Waste recycling is an effective process that seeks to transform waste material into new and useful products. In addition to reducing the accumulation of waste in landfills, efforts of recycling offer a great and effective way of saving energy and controlling the pollution of land, air and water. Nevertheless, effective recycle programs start from the area where waste was created, such as households, by deliberately packing waste and contacting the recycle center to pick the waste. The importance of waste recycle includes:

Protecting the environment

Waste materials are often burnt, resulting in air pollution. Furthermore, waste in landfill sites accumulate, with many of the waste products, such as electronics emitting dangerous chemicals that infiltrate the soil, undermining the soil quality in the surrounding areas. These toxins eventually find their way into the air or water causing harmful effects to plant, animal and human life. Recycle programs help to conserve natural resources because natural (raw) resources do not have to be exploited and used in producing new products.

Saving energy

Much more energy is required to manufacture new items using raw materials. This is because raw material needs to pass through various processes before it can be used for manufacturing products. Efforts of recycling waste material translate to energy savings and cheaper products.

Creating jobs

Recycling programs create jobs for thousands of people involved in collecting and sorting waste, including those working in recycle centers. Furthermore, support services, including accountancy, administration, management, call center, etc. are important employment positions created by recycle centers.


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