Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of trash but according to the EPA, the national recycling rate is only 30%. Many people don’t recycle  because they feel that it is a hassle, inconveient and messy, but in reality it is very easy! There are a variety of ways to make home recycling easy, and all it takes is changing a few small habits and attitudes. Recycling as well as reducing and reusing what we consume benefits everyone and the environment.

There are different kinds of recycling. There is recycling of paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and even car oil. Bleached paper and newsprint recycling reduces the amount of trees that are cut down. Plastic can be recycled into other plastics. Glass can be melted down and made into many different forms from drinking glasses to glass fiber. Aluminum can be recycled into other cans, foil, and even wrapping paper. Most do not realize that even car oil can be burned for energy recovery and/or recycled and re-used. Below are some tips to help you get started recycling at your home.

• Place recycling bins next to your garbage can. This will make it easier to recycle if you have all waste containers in the same area.

• Contact your home trash collection service's recycling program. Most cities offer a free curbside service that makes it convenient to recycle!

• Know what you can and can't recycle. Read up on the recycling rules for your area and make sure you don't send anything in that can't be processed. Always check with your local municipality or waste hauler to see what kind of recycling services are available in your area. Locate a recycling center near you.

• Avoid products that cannot be recycled such as aerosol cans and Styrofoam. Try to find alternatives that are more environmentaly friendly

Starting a household recycling program is easy and there are several ways you can make a difference each day by changing your habits, attitude and being more conscious. 

We can produce less waste by reducing the amount of trash discarded, reusing containers and products and buying with recycled content.