Hello, my name is Vanessa. I would like to welcome you to my site about the environment. Growing up, I lived along a beautiful river full of jumping fish. The birds flew overhead, ready to catch their next meal in their talons. I watched as the wildlife lived in relative harmony along the riverbed. Unfortunately, as I reached my adult year, the river’s water quality and wildlife populations started to decline. Pollution was cited as the cause, which broke my heart. I will use this site to explore the way societies are damaging the world around them and propose solutions to solve this problem. Thanks.
If you find that you are the designated recycler in your household, but you frequently miss recycling day or there is no recycling pickup day where you live, then you probably have to drive to the nearest recycling center. If you have to sit and wait for the center's employees to sort and accept or deny what you have brought, it can be a long wait, especially if you have several tubs' or barrels' worth of recyclables. If you want to make the whole process faster and easier, here are three ways to help you do just that.
Rinse Everything Out
Some recycling centers are very picky, and they will not take anything that still has traces of a liquid inside. If you find that you are traveling back home with several jugs, cartons, bottles, cans or containers that should have gone into the center to be recycled, the problem might be that they still have something in them. If you get into the habit of immediately rinsing out these items after you have consumed or used the contents then most everything you bring to the center will pass through.
Get OCD with Your Plastic Recyclables
There are many different grades of plastic. Look at your plastic containers and check for the recycling triangle. Inside the triangle is a number. The number tells the recycling company which production line the empty containers can enter. Now develop and almost-obsessive/compulsive disorder-like trait for organizing these containers. It may cost you a few extra bins and some fat sticky labels, but it will save you time at the recycling center.
Every bin should be reserved just for one numbered type of plastic (e.g., bucket one for recyclables with a one in the triangle designation, bucket two for twos, etc.). When you have enough of each type of plastic that is safe to recycle and for which you are required to recycle, you can take the clearly labeled containers to the recycling plant. Now the employees at the plant do not have to sit and sort through your stuff but can instead take it in and dump it into the appropriate processing bins/lines.
Make Thick Bundles of Your Papers and Cardboard
In many parts of the country, people are not allowed to put out cardboard boxes that have not been collapsed and tied into a bundle. Whether or not you have this policy where you live, it just makes good recycling sense because a tightly bundled pile of paper and cardboard is more easily incinerated and/or shredded at the recycling plant. It is also easier to pick up and transport, both for you and for the employees at the plant, so be sure to bundle and tie up all of your paper and cardboard.