You can recycle from home and contribute to global efforts by making recycling an important part of your lifestyle. On an average, a household generates about two kilograms of waste per day. That is about sixty kilograms in a month. It becomes quite easy for us to turn a blind eye to the amount that is consumed or thrown away in large cities. Once we dump our garbage down the chute, it does not disappear. It has to be dealt with. To go green does not mean that you toss a can or some plastic into a bin that is marked `recycle’. We have to finally change the way we live and assess how much we consume and how much we waste.
All countries are busy generating waste and carbon footprints in the world. It is an uphill battle to minimize the amount of waste. National economies are losing a lot of money on account of not recycling waste material.
The collection of recyclables from homes is a good option and an effective solution is to take the waste to a recycling collection point independently. You can call your assigned municipality waste collection agency to enquire about their recycling collection services. You can request for a list of recyclable material. For example, not all agencies accept Styrofoam.
You can take two containers or bins and separate general waste from recyclables. General waste includes the kitchen waste. As soon as you have opened a package and finished using an item, you can throw it in the respective bin. Plastic can be squeezed to take up less room. Paper and cardboard can be folded up and glass can be rinsed out to make the storage easy to handle. It helps to save space and reduces chances of infection, pests or unhygienic conditions.
When the bin of recyclables gets full, you can check back with the collection agency for its scheduled pick up timings. You can leave the contents in bags outside of the chute or the house. If you cannot tie up with a municipal collection agency, then you can make the effort to take your recyclables to a drop off point or a recycling facility.
In order to contribute to a more efficient and cleaner environment, one of the basic steps is to segregate our waste. It is only a matter of time when the residents of a city will have to follow green codes and will have to hunt for recycling alternatives to avoid penalties for non compliance.