Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … how often have you seen this mantra or slogan? We’re all concerned about the sustainability of earth and recycling has many benefits. But just over 34% of us are actually practicing recycling. And many of that 34% that are recycling regularly are most likely doing it wrong!
To know if you’re recycling the right thing in the right way, make sure you understand what recycling is and the purpose of it. Recycling is reprocessing old/used things or re-purposing old/used things instead of buying new products. This is so that we can minimize and prevent waste of natural and useful materials.
For example, if we can reduce the use of fresh raw materials, it will preserve our natural resources. When we reduce our energy uses, we reduce the amount of raw materials we use, which in turn, preserves our natural resources.
So Recycling Is Important
Recycling saves the planet. If nobody recycled, the human civilization problems we see already would get worse. It is one way we can better our environment around us and the world as a whole. It is important to humans and the natural environment.
What Are You Doing Wrong When You Recycle?
Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes people that recycle are doing:
One: Thinking that something is no recyclable. Too many of us are still tossing things in the trash that are recyclable or can be up-cycled. Doing a little investigation and researching, you will find that there are several household items that can be dropped off at a recycling center. And some things you can have picked up. Like your kid’s old crayons are new to a needy child or a children’s hospital.
Other items that can be recycled or up-cycled are:
- Holiday Lights
- Ink Cartridges
- Water Filters
Two: Throwing bottle caps away. We’ve always been told to remove lids from bottles you’re turning in to recycle. Well, things have changed. Common household product caps like soda or water bottles are made from polypropylene plastic. You can tell this by the number 5 that is marked on the bottle. Most of the recycling facilities today now have the proper equipment to recycle those caps.
Three: Putting dirty pizza boxes in the recycling bin. While that cardboard box that pizza arrives in may be recyclable, it has to be clean. The cheese and oil that is left behind that yummy pepperoni pizza negates the recycle-ability.
Four: Plastic shopping bags are made of plastic, but not all plastics are recyclable. The plastic shopping bags get hung up in the automatic sorting machines and shut things down until they are pulled out. If you’re concerned about your plastic bags consumption harming the environment, check with your local grocery store and see if they have bins where you can drop them off.
Five: Shredded paper is not recyclable. This does as much damage as the plastic bags. Your best bet to recycling those shredded documents is to start a compost pile.