The popularity of recycling has waned in some circles, but it is still more necessary than ever. Our landfills are clogged with materials that refuse to degrade and sooner or later we're going to run out of space. Many states are using practices to reduce landfill material that greatly harm the environment, simply because there is nowhere else to put it. You can do your part to reduce landfill waste by following these simple steps.
1. Bring your own bag. Instead of getting plastic bags at the supermarket, bring your own cloth bag. Plastic bags never degrade and they present the number one problem at landfills all over the world. Millions of bags are clogging up landfills everywhere and the problem is getting worse every day. By using your own cloth bag you can do your part to help fix this problem. If you have too many groceries to fit in a small bag, request paper and then recycle it when you're done.
2. Don't throw away old appliances. These may contain parts that are harmful to the environment and they also take up valuable space at landfills. You can actually make money by recycling your old appliances to parts dealers. Even old toasters can make you a few bucks.
3. If your home is being overrun with magazines, don't toss them in the trash. Many libraries and doctors offices appreciate extra reading material. If you cannot find anyone to take your old periodicals, recycling them is very easy. Simply place them in the appropriate paper bin the next time your garbage is picked up.
4. Save plastic containers from your food to use for storage around the house. These containers are typically resistant to degrading and recycling them may not be possible. You would be amazed at the numerous uses you can find for a simple plastic jar. Put the kids crayons in one, or store your makeup in them. You can literally find thousands of uses for these plastic containers.
5. If you have old furniture lying around, don't throw it away. By recycling these items, you can actually help those who are less fortunate. Call up your local Goodwill store or even the Salvation Army. Many times they'll even come and pick up the items, saving you time and effort. There is always a need for unwanted furniture. If it is in bad condition, try reupholstering it instead of throwing it away. You may be able to get several more years out it.
Recycling doesn't have to be difficult. The five tips above are simple and can be implemented with a minimum amount of hassle. You'll be doing your part to help the environment and even other people in the process.