The domain of recycling extends far beyond those wheelie bins and plastic bottle initiatives. Reducing our consumption volumes, and switching to eco-friendly methods, are the first constructive steps in this direction. Disposing of waste materials at home with these smart recycling tips would help in lowering expenditure, saving space and creating a congenial environment:
Composting and greenery
Did you know that composting is one of the best and simplest recycling techniques at home? Collect your discarded fruit / vegetable peels and other kitchen wastes. Along with your garden trimmings, place them in a composter.
Compost can be really beneficial for your garden soil, thanks to its rich nutrient content. Much better than going to waste in a landfill. This also saves your wastebaskets from unnecessary burden.
Focus on plastic to make a difference
Plastic water bottles and plastic bags account for the lion’s share of household waste. It is estimated by Clean Up Australia that 1 trillion plastic bags are used and thrown away every year, worldwide. Since prevention is always better than cure, it is highly recommended to focus on effective ways of reducing the usage of plastic.
- When shopping, replace those plastic shopping bags with eco-friendly, re-usable bags.
- Opt for food items which have less plastic packaging. Instead of small, wrapped portions, try buying in bulk.
- If bottled drinks are indispensable for your household, purchasing larger quantities is always wiser than buying several small plastic bottles.
- Cut the bottoms of plastic bottles to make disposable funnels. The removed portions can be used as seedling trays / mini greenhouses for your seedlings.
- Try using old plastic bags as covers or wrappers for storing fragile items.
- Make fascinating toys for your kids using plastic bottles, with added colored paper.
Old and functional items of clothing lying idle in your closet, can easily be donated to a charitable organization or consignment shops, so that they can be reused. Your unwanted clothes can meet the requirements of another individual, rather than being dumped in a landfill. You can also use old dresses for creating aprons, napkins, handmade bags or even patchwork or embroidered quilt covers.
Professional help should be sought for unused items like electronic devices, which are difficult to recycle at home. Do not try to recycle or dispose of these yourself, unless you have clear information regarding the environmental or health hazards. E-waste often contains toxic chemicals.
Locate recycling centers in close vicinity to your home to deliver old television sets, PCs or cellphones. You might also consider donating these.
Give your furniture a new home
Recycling is the most effective way of de-cluttering your home by getting rid of unnecessary furniture. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, either. Today, there are professional teams available for managing your furniture recycling. These teams offer a wide range of recycling solutions for your chairs / desks / shelves / cabinets including reuse, resale and donations.
From dismantling your stuff to photographs, packing, transportation and storage, everything is taken care of.
Foils and CDs / DVDs
- Old aluminum foils can be placed behind plants kept in the shade, for reflecting sunlight.
- Leftover foils can be used for waterproof wrapping of old films or photos.
- Old CDs or DVDs can be used for making funky coasters for your coffee table.
- You can create interesting collages for your drawing room wall with reflective CDs.