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How to Make It Easy to Recycle in Your Home

| 2/8/2018 10:52:00 AM

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For years, the United States has sent roughly one-third of its recycled materials overseas. Of that amount, approximately 50 percent went to China. Recently, though, China banned solid waste coming in from other countries. The ban, which went into effect Jan. 1, applies to material such as recycled bottles, and has left many local recyclers in the United States scrambling to keep up with the level of recyclable material people were bringing in.

Recycling is crucially important in reducing waste and reducing the amount of carbon emissions, which contributes to global warming. In fact, recycling 100 cans provides enough energy to power your bedroom lights for two weeks, rather than drawing on natural gas, coal or oil to generate the electricity.

The upshot of this situation is that we all need to rededicate ourselves to recycling material. Many states, such as New Jersey, have a recycling mandate. We need to know what we can recycle and where to send it.

Currently, just over one-third of Americans recycle. But evidence shows people are 20 percent more likely to recycle if they know their neighbors are doing it. If you recycle, not only does the planet benefit from your activities, but you can be a positive influence on others!

2/19/2018 10:17:15 PM

We all need to do what we can in our individual situations. It is not a lot to ask basically sorting your garbage. if you live in an apartment I get it that you can't have a compost pile. But there are things that everyone CAN do. Start by buying with less packaging waste. Not too hard. If there is some packaging try to reuse it again in your kitchen. I reuse rubber bands that come on the broccoli and green onions that I buy. I paid for them, why not use them. I use a cardboard box to put paper recycling in and when it is full, I fold over the edges and drop the heavy box into the recycling bin. Not too hard. That is basically all of the mail that I get goes into the box. Would it not be better NOT to deliver all that junk mailing the first place?? Recycling is a Must in today's world. Everything can be recycled. Just DO IT.

Joan Soldwisch
2/19/2018 9:02:47 AM

Can't edit these posts...I live in a condo...and can't mulch scraps, sorry.

2/19/2018 8:33:35 AM

Difficult to recycle when there are bad recyclers, who Will Not sort correctly, just dump everything inappropriately, causing Recycling Centers to CLOSE. Such happened here in CO Springs, CO.

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