Recycling is a great way to make an impact on the environment and you can easily do your part at your apartment. If your community doesn’t offer the option to recycle, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Find a nearby recycling center
Most centers accept a variety of clean recycling materials including paper, plastic, glass, metal, and sometimes electronics. If you’re looking to make a little extra cash, many offer a bit of compensation for certain items and/or will refund the CRV fee you paid for bottles and beverage cans.
Set up a recycling system
Now that you know where you can take your recycling, you can start creating a recycling system at home. There are several options, depending on how far you want to go with it. Once you identify where you want to store recyclables, if you want to invest a bit of money you can purchase specific containers or bins, or to do things a bit more cheaply you can just reuse paper bags or plastic bags from the grocery store.
Involve the entire household in the project
Talk with your family or roommates about the recycling system, ask them to contribute ideas for the plan, or show them where you’ve set things up. Consider labeling the bins to help clarify what goes where. You might even want to share the dividends you earn from the recycling center as incentive for everyone to willfully participate.
Make it a habit
At first, it may be challenging to remember to separate the recyclable materials from regular trash, but with time you’ll learn to be consistent, and it will become a habit that’s healthier for our planet.
Of course, it helps tremendously if your apartment community already offers recycling as part of a larger effort towards sustainable living. Before you decide to rent, ask if recycling is available. It feels great to make more mindful choices and do our part to help the environment.
We’d love to hear your ideas for recycling at your apartment at #LifeAtWeidner!