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Learning To Recycle To Protect The Environment

May 21, 2008
Do you know how to recycle your garbage? It is a process that is amazingly simple, yet so many people continue to throw every bit of garbage into the trash bin without separating it into appropriate containers. Each bag of trash that could have been recycled is another pound or more of garbage that is causing landfills to overflow.

There is only a certain amount of garbage that our nation will be able to handle. You can learn to do your part to reduce and reuse recyclables.

Most cities and towns now offer a recycling program as a way to keep recyclables out of the landfills. But there are still towns that do not have recycling programs.

If you want to recycle and your town does not offer a program, then you can always start a movement to have one started. If there is one, then you will need to contact the sanitation department to find out the pick-up day and get the right containers for the right items.

Step two is the actual sorting of garbage into the appropriate recycling containers. Recyclables can be broken up into different categories.

There are paper products, waste products, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, aluminum cans, glass containers and plastic containers. You may not have a place to take everything but every little bit helps the greater cause.

Once you have the appropriate containers, your next step is to perform the actual sorting. Do not wait until five minutes before the garbage pick-up is scheduled to begin sorting. The best advice is to do it as you go.

When you are finished with that milk jug, rinse it out and place it in the plastics bin. The same thing goes for that newspaper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. If you want to keep your home smelling nice, then make sure you rinse out your containers before placing them in the recycling bins.

The knowledge on how to recycle is out there for you to gain. Follow the three steps and you will find yourself using more recycled materials and keeping more materials out of our landfills. One person can make a difference by setting a good example at work, school and home.

Teach your family how to separate their garbage and before long it will become second nature to them. Each member can then influence one other person. If this keeps up there will be more and more families doing their part to save the environment.
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