How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

by deborah on September 27, 2016

in Environment, Green & natural home, Green living, Living Green, Living Green, Recycling, Upcycling

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

According to recent statistics, America is responsible for more than 30% of the world’s waste –

despite the fact that the entire population of America only constitutes 5% of Earth’s total population.

Getting rid of the waste is problematic: burning it in landfills results in harmful ‘greenhouse’ gasses

such as carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

These gasses are responsible for the phenomenon of global warming.

The best way to combat the negative effects associated with waste is to stop producing so much waste –

by both using less and recycling.

‘Living green’ is one of the best ways to ensure the preservation of our world.

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

 

“The best way to combat the negative

effects associated with waste is to stop

producing so much waste – by both

using less and recycling.”

 

 

Recycling is easy to do: items that can be recycled now have signs on their packaging, indicating that

they are eco-friendly and suitable for recycling.

These products can be put into recycling bins to kick-start the recycling process.

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

Glass jars and tin cans can be easily recycled, so try to buy foods that keep in these types of containers

when shopping.

Other items such as paper, metal and plastic can also be recycled.

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

Food left-overs can be recycled, too; they can be used to make compost which, in turn, can be used to

promote future plant growth.

Garden cuttings can also be added to compost heaps, and so-called ‘grass cycling’ can be used to fertilize

the soil.

Simply collect the grass cuttings that are left over after mowing and sprinkle them over the soil; they will

decompose into nutrients which will feed the soil and act as a fertilizer.

In the Garden

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

If you have a garden, consider planting some trees.

Trees help to combat the negative effects of global warming by sucking the CO2 out of the atmosphere

as part of their role in the carbon cycle.

Deforestation is therefore a major issue; it reduces the amount of trees in the environment, and therefore

contributes to rising CO2 levels.

Not only that but the process of cutting trees down is actually detrimental to the environment; as the

trees are cut, the carbon dioxide stored inside them is immediately released into the atmosphere.

Planting trees is therefore essential to overcoming deforestation and the problems it causes.

 

‘Living green’ is one of the

best ways to ensure the

preservation of our world.”

 


Future Generations

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

In order for recycling to be a success in the future, it is important that it is adopted by future

generations; teaching kids about waste, its effect on the world, and the benefits of recycling

is therefore essential.

Some tips for getting kids involved in recycling include giving them their own compost bins,

helping them understand the different recycling signs early on, like these from ,

into which they can throw their own left-overs and any leaves or garden trimmings that are

lying around.

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

In the spring time, they can use their compost to help nurture plants in their garden.

Turning recycling into a game is a good idea, too.

Asking kids to collect the most plastic bottles, or to find the most eco-friendly products

when out shopping can encourage awareness and participation.

How to Stay Efficient with Recycling Now and in the Future

 

What are your favorite efficient recycling tips?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.