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Recycling is an important step that we all need to take in order to keep our planet healthy and clean. Making recycling easy and even fun will make your efforts even more effective. This is a page about recycling tips.


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March 21, 2017

I enjoy recycling and recycle everything that I can. To keep the items we use in the house separated from the trash, I have a container just for recycling. Each day, I empty it into the large container outside which has a lid secured with a bungee cord. When we take the trash to the convenient site, we empty the recycling into the commingled recycling container.

According to a lady from the recycling company, that spoke at one of our meetings, you don't have to wash every container such as peanut butter and jelly containers. Just scrape out as much as you can. Even aerosol containers are recyclable if they are empty.


At the convenient site, there are separate containers for textiles such as clothing and rags, cooking oil, motor oil, oil filters, batteries and electronics. In addition to this, at the transfer station, you can recycle appliances, tires, light bulbs, concrete, and yard waste.

Recycling not only saves landfill space, it has created jobs and saved energy for making other products. Recycling is easy, once you get use to it, and you will find that you no longer want to put these items in the trash.

If you don't know what you can recycle in your area, contact your county's Solid Waste Department.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh2 found this helpful
December 28, 2010

You spent months calculating and saving on the perfect Christmas gifts. Now, it's time to save a little after Christmas. Other than the usual after Christmas sales, think about environmental savings. It may not do much for your bank account, other than possibly saving on your garbage bill by putting out less trash, but it will do wonders for your future.


Recycle the Wrap

It's a Christmas morning tradition. Open a large kitchen garbage bag in the living room and fill it with wrapping paper and boxes while opening gifts. Try a little bit of trash management and save on your curbside pickup. Wrapping paper, most of it, is recyclable. Keep one bag only for wrapping and tissue paper. Then, create a separate pile for cardboard boxes. Many municipalities are collecting paper for recycling either during pickup or in bins at specific locations. Drop your wrapping paper there; you'll be surprised how much is collected. Corrugated cardboard and paperboard is usually collected at specific recycling drop-offs. Offer to deliver your neighbor's cardboard as well and save on gas emissions while encouraging others to recycle.

It Can All Go Somewhere

With the exception of ribbon and the clear plastic bubble-like forms that surround action figures or small electronic devices, most every packing item found under the Christmas tree is recyclable. Hard plastic such as the bars that hold twist-ties on toys and DVD cases are all recyclable with your household plastic collection. Make it a family event to clear out the living room once the gifts are opened. Assign a specific type of collection to each family member, and send them all on a scavenger hunt. You'll find very little at the curb Monday morning.

Consider It While You Wrap

After Christmas sales are the time when many gather next year's wrapping and bows. Think green both in money and environment while shopping the sales this year. While paper gift bags are traditionally reused by the recipient, cloth bags will definitely find another use. Purchase cloth gift bags in all sizes this year or decorative solid gift boxes made out of thick cardboard or wood for gifting. The more use they get and the guarantee that they'll find their way into a recycling bin when they're done will make for a better wrapping choice. Places like Oriental Trading sells bulk packages of tote bags with snowmen and mittens on the side - the perfect replacement for paper gift bags.

One large savings would be to forgo wrapping paper altogether. Opt to wrap in blankets, towels, or other usable items. With some creativity, newspaper and comics can be cute and trendy. Remember, no matter how eco-friendly you try to get, kids still like to rip paper from boxes on Christmas morning.

Do the Same for the Decos

While many of your decorations will be carefully boxed and stored, some are destined for the trash. Greens should be mulched using a hand trimmer and used to protect plants for the winter. If you have room on your property, lay your Christmas tree in a remote location to provide shelter for birds and small animals during the winter months. You can take it to the leaf and brush recycling pile in the spring. Any other vegetative decorations you may have purchased should also be left out for winter munching. Country-style decorating invites gourds, berries, and fruits to adorn greenery; these are all inviting snacks to small animals once they are too shriveled to be decorative.

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July 29, 2011

Sometimes it is hard to know how to dispose of broken household items. It is best to try and find an alternative to the landfill if at all possible, especially since some things such as electronics and batteries pollute if not properly recycled.

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June 18, 2011

We hang a cloth tote bag over the door handle in our bathroom and put all the recycleable items in the bag. Quick and easy, and you'd be surprised how quickly it fills up.

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January 29, 2010

We rarely ever throw something out that might serve another purpose than originally intended. broken furniture gets taken apart, the usable stuff kept, the metal recycled and the wood (if not infused with fire retardant or otherwise toxic) piled for future use.

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December 1, 2006

We all know that recycling is good for our planet and most people have the soda can and plastic and newspaper recycling down pat. But did you know there are other things that can be recycled?

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September 14, 2009

Compared to others, I am new to recycling or green living. I learn more each day. Many people say they don't have time to recycle. Help them get started.

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July 28, 2017

Here are some tips for household recycling. Be organized, use explicit notes so the entire household knows what is recycled and in which receptacle.

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August 5, 2010

If you recycle, you may want to phone your city or municipality to ensure they will accept blue bags with recycling. They picked up blue bags at my previous home.


In my current city, however, I've discovered I've been wasting my money on blue recycling bags.

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February 8, 2010

I use paper grocery bags for my recycling, I put them in the corner in my kitchen and they collect paper, newspaper, cans, and plastics. When the bag is full I just throw it out into my large recycling container in the garage and open a new bag in the kitchen!

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April 24, 2007

Call your nearest garbage drop off to save money! I know some states pay for garbage through taxes, but for those of you who pay by bag, call the garbage facility in your area and ask about recycling.

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July 14, 2010

Recycling relieves the environment of a burden, but can it ever be harmful? Is there a way to recycle wrong? It's not necessarily the recycling that can be incorrect; it's the steps leading up to the act of recycling that can cause more harm than good.

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February 22, 2012

I recently signed up for the curbside recycling program here. It's through Waste Management Systems. They pick up garbage nationwide. The recycle program is called Recyclebank. There are rewards for recycling.

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January 10, 2008

I have recycled cans and bottles for years - but lack of space has made it harder and harder to collect enough to make it worth a trip. But throwing the stuff out made me so guilty!

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August 27, 2008

How do you recycle plastic bags?

Amber from Cincinnati, OH


By Sandymom (Guest Post)
August 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have been reading and researching "plarn". It is yarn made from recycled plastic bags. I have seen some really cute purses made from this. Google plarn and some instructions will come up. I just don't know how to knit so that is my next step!

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

If you crochet, you can make bags or rugs out of them. They are very sturdy & will last a very long time.

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

The majority of the time most grocery stores have a big cardboard box somewhere up front of the store encouraging you to recycle them there. Just drop them in.

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

Not for profit organizations would love to have your plastic bags to use in their resale shops. Our recycling center takes plastic bags as well.

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

I take 10 - 15 plastic bags and squash them down in the bottom of each of the small trash cans in all of my rooms, then use one plastic bag as a trash bag in the container. When I take out the trash, another bag is right there to use.

I donate used plastic grocery bags to my local thrift store. Also at 2nd hand book store. They welcome them to use at their register for customer's purchases. I just fill up one bag with dozens of other squashed down bags and take it to them. They appreciate having them.

I use plastic bags for shipping materials (instead of shredded newspaper or bubble wrap) in boxes that I mail.

When I share plants or veggies from my gardens, I use the plastic bags to transport them. The plastic bags will hold quite a bit of dirt around a newly dug plant for quite a while. And a plastic bag of fresh homegrown tomatoes is a welcome sight to the neighbors.

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

Here is the link to the planters I make out of plastic bag

http://www.thri  9005134.tip.html

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

I crochet some of mine into rugs & other things.
I also crochet red bread bags (from raisin bread).
Some of them I started hooking a rug from strips.(yellow & white)
Some of them I reuse as small trashcan liners.
Some get used specifically for kitchen waste I don't want smelling up my trash.
I even tried stuffing them into a large zipper bag for use as a pillow.

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By Betty (Guest Post)
August 28, 20080 found this helpful

I have many uses for plastic grocery bags and if plastic bags are ever banned, I dont know what I will do without them. I like them because they take up very little space especially if you press the air out and fold them. For convenience, I keep a tube of plastic bags hanging in the kitchen. Any time I get an excess, I take them back to the grocery store for recycling.

My tips:

Keep a plastic grocery bag in a gallon ice cream bucket for collecting wet and smelly trash that would be garbage in the kitchen trash. Tie it up at the end of the day and put it in a bag in the outside trash container. I use a lot of bags for this and it saves buying the tall kitchen trash bags for my trash container in the kitchen. When collecting the household trash, I go around and empty all the trash cans into a plastic grocery bag, tie it up and put it in the outside container.

Hang a bag for collecting items to recycle.

Wrap meat that is purchased from the grocery store for freezing. Put the packaged meat in the bag and fold it over. Use freezer tape to secure. Write the name and date purchased on the freezer tape with a Sharpie permanent marker. The plastic bag helps keep the package from tearing and protects the meat from freezer burn.

Fold several plastic bags and put them in the glove compartment of your vehicle. They will be handy for putting trash in when traveling. Also on a rainy day, you can take off your shoes, especially if they are muddy, and put them in a plastic bag rather than getting your car all wet and muddy. Keep a couple in your purse. Never know when one will come in handy.

This tip is my favorite. Walk the road or street in your neighborhood and pick up any litter you see as you get your walking exercise. I use a lot of my plastic grocery bags for this. My dresser stays cluttered with plastic bags I empty out of my pockets when Im getting ready for bed. I challenge you to give this a try. You will be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

How to fold a plastic grocery bag:
Tuck in the sides. Press all the air out. Fold over and then fold up. You can really make a plastic bag small and flat. If needed, I can easily stuff a couple dozen of these folded bags in the pockets of my shorts and jeans. You cant do that with paper sacks nor cloth bags. I keep these specially folded bags tied up in a plastic grocery bag.

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

I don't use plastic bags anymore, so everything I buy comes in paper bags. I use one paper bag for odds and ends of paper, such as labels from tin cans, receipts that I don't need to keep. I keep it by the back door so when it's full I fold over the top and off to the recycle bin it goes and it's so handy and after a while everybody in the house uses it. On top of that you don't have little pieces of paper in your blue box.

Source: Thought this one up all by myself.

By Barb from Calgary, Alberta


Paper Bag for Small Recycling

Yep, I do something similar but use cereal, cracker etc boxes, then any little piece of paper (tabs from cookies boxes, pieces of scrap, I am a freak for recycling) go in the little box. (03/27/2008)

By Michawn

Paper Bag for Small Recycling

So sensible, and so responsible. I've been putting my tea bag labels (when I don't use loose tea) and packets if they're paper in the recycle boxes, which are also blue in Sacramento. The bags go to compost, with the string if I chance the twine being natural.

With all the bits of paper thrown about, it's considerate to have them in one batch for the recyclers. (03/28/2008)

By P

Paper Bag for Small Recycling

Even using paper bags instead of plastic at the grocery store is harmful. Every year billions of trees are cut to produce those paper bags, and only those paper bags. It is better to use canvas reusable tote bags and just use a small 100% recycled plastic recycle bin. (06/04/2008)

By Sarah

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