How to Recycle Smart in the Fall

As we have entered the Fall months, we will soon put away our sunglasses. The air will become cooler. Squirrels will begin their annual mad scramble from tree-to-tree to stockpile enough rations for the upcoming months ahead. In other words it’s that time again.

Tuesday September 22, 2020, marks the first day of fall. Did you know autumn symbolizes adulthood and maturity? One grown-up thing adults do this time of year is recycle. In the grand scheme of things recycling is good for our environment and thus our planet.

Here Are The Do’s and Don’ts Guidelines

It’s a fact humans consume and accumulate a lot of waste. According to the EPA the average human consumes almost 5 pounds of waste—per day. So let’s start with the containers that contain the foods we eat.

The do’s:

  • Metal foods, broth and beverage cans
  • Tubs (such as empty yogurt cartons)
  • Empty bottles (all colors ok) and jars of all sizes
  • Milk jugs, soft drink and beer cans

The don’ts:

  • Discarded egg cartons
  • Greasy empty pizza boxes
  • Milk jugs, soft drink and beer cans
  • Used styrofoam (which contain polystyrene) paper plates & cartons

Other items that are bad for our environment

Black plastic trash bags. Just say no to these often used containers. Old clothing and used linen are a no-no. You can place these type of items in designated donor bins.

Do not try to recycle what the old timers called tanglers, meaning tied-up wires from electronic parts, rubber hoses, including chains of all types. They can not be recycled.

The Smart Way To Recycle

1. Check with your local waste haulers. Contact your city’s disposal department for their guidelines. Because what can be accepted is different depending on what part of the country you live in. For example, in some counties egg cartons are ok. Call to find out where the nearest drop-off locations are in your neighborhood.

2. Gather, sort and place outside. Things like old newspapers, magazines, especially your daily accumulation of junk mail can be recycled. Including the shredded trash from your in-home office. A general rule of thumb is if you’re able to tear the paper disposal item it’s probably ok to set outside.

3. Close all disposable container lids. Take a moment to close all food and and beverage containers. Because spills and leakage can contaminate other recyclable material. Changes on what’s accepted are always being updated. For example you can now recycle plastic bottle caps and lids. Waste disposal officials recognize the need to make what’s accepted easier for consumers.

4. Recycle right. Separate waste that can be recycled from other waste. This means place all recycled items in a designated bin. Have different containers for each type of recycled item. For example toss all cardboard toilet rolls in a bin. Bottles (with lids attached) could go in another bin.

Glass containers could be placed in their own bin. It’s about being organized ahead of time. Then it’s just a simple of matter of offloading the right box to outside bin.

5. Curbside Collection Have your discarded food waste picked up. In some cities you can have your organic food waste removed through a cooperative organics collection program. We’re in the 21st century.

Depending on where you live you just might be able to use your mobile phone to order food waste removal as easily as ordering your favorite pizza.

Why Recycling Is Important: A Gassy Problem

Anything we buy, make use of and later get rid of has a cause and affect relationship on our environment. All of this material has to go somewhere when we’re done with it, right?

That somewhere is usually a local landfill. Where all of this accumulated stuff—from all of us—through the process of fermentation, becomes methane gas. Which is by most estimates 30 times more toxic than carbon dioxide. Newsflash: That’s a problem.

Environment Friendly

Autumn. The leaves in the trees begin to take on a warm golden brown color and one by one they silently fall to the ground. Each day brings with it cooler air, cooler nights because our dear mother earth is moving farther away from our warming sun.

Sitting on top of our beautiful planet is us, the apex human animal. Who will—in time—ultimately decide its inhabitants trajectory going forward. In our regular day-to-day timespans, however, we should all do our part to protect our environment. It is our home after all.

It Starts At Home

  • Absolutely no plastic grocery bags
  • Purchase products that can be recycled
  • Remember you can’t recycle two mixed materials—even if they’re recyclable

Recycling Can Be Profitable: The Money Incentive

I can remember one summer morning as children my grandma came outside and handed my brother a sledge hammer. He was instructed on how to smash the cans flat. Each of us excitedly took a wack when she mentioned the a financial motive. And that’s just plain smart.

Turn recycled aluminum cans into new cans. It uses 95% less energy than making new ones. What’s not to like? The benefit? It can put a few dollars in your pocket. I consider that a win/win.

If you want to make a bit more cash you can look into being a scrapper. You will source metals such as copper, aluminum, brass, bronze and stainless steel for cash.These non-ferrous metals are prized at scrap yards. Copper being the most wanted metal. This could become a career for some.

Recycling Sustainability

What does it all mean? The short answer is toxic waste is bad for the ecosystem. Anything we can do to reduce our carbon footprint will in the long-term be better for all of us. Being knowledgeable and proactive about best recycling practices helps maintain our global ecological balance. Some would say that’s just plain smart. For more about waste management New England knowledge contact us today for your commercial and residential needs.