How to Better Recycle

Recycling has become a choice for Americans across the nation.  If you happen to be one who is looking for better ways to recycle we have some wonderful suggestions.  If you have yet to consider ways to make your household “green” there are some astonishing facts that just might lead you to the decision to recycle.

According to the EPA the total figure of solid waste in households across America that can be recycled is 75 percent.  Of this figure the EPA reports that only about 30 percent is.

Recycling:
•    Saves energy.
•    Helps to increase US competitiveness through the protection and expansion of US manufacturing jobs
•    Helps to reduce for landfills and incineration.
•    Helps to prevent pollution that is caused by product manufacturing from virgin materials.
•    Helps to lower the risk of global climate change by decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases.
•    Helps to sustain the environment for future generations.

There are keys to recycling.  HouseLogic.com reports that in order to be a smart recycler, it is necessary to know how to recycle.
For instance, if you drink bottled water, before you toss the bottle into the recycle bin you should remove the twist off cap and ring.  The top and twist off ring are not recyclable and in fact most recycling centers will remove the bottle from the bin and toss it into the trash as the work involved to remove it is too time consuming.

Tips to Smart Recycling
•    Before you toss cans and bottles in the recycling bin rinse them out.  This is a courtesy to the recycling center.  Also if the items are caked with foods it might be best to toss it in the garbage as it will gum up the works at the recycling center.  Also, remove all labels from the items.
•    Remember that even the smallest effort makes a difference.  One can in the recycle bin means one less can in the landfill.
•    Recycling is about reducing and reusing- first you want to look at ways to reduce your consumption, and reusing as much as possible before you recycle.
•    Talk to your recycling center about what you can recycle and what you can’t.  Knowledge is a key to recycling.

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