Posted on: 23 October 2019
Plastics are all around us in various products we use on a daily basis. But, because of the popularity and convenience of plastics, more of them are ending up in landfills, lakes, oceans, and ecosystems, and as they break down into microplastics that end up in our food, water, and our bodies.
However, there is a great deal we can do to help reduce plastics pollution and recycle old plastics so they can be reused again and we can save on the cost to produce new plastics from virgin materials. Here are some tips to help you save the environment and recycle plastics instead of dumping them in the trash.
Know What to Collect
Knowledge is power and when you are looking at recycling plastics, it is essential that you know what you can and cannot recycle. Once you have that knowledge, you will be able to always be on the lookout for plastics and other materials that are recyclable and how you can do so.
For example, there are many types of plastics made into containers for water, cleaners, and motor oils, which need to be sorted by their type so they can be recycled properly. You can find out what type of plastic containers can be recycled in your area by contacting your local waste management company or local recycling company. Post a list in your home of recyclable materials that you can refer to to help you remember.
Many plastic recycler programs will categorize plastics by a number code on the bottom of each. Once you get a good idea which plastics you use in your home are recyclable, you can collect them each day. For example, if you drink water from bottles at work and the bottles are recyclable plastic, get into the habit of removing the plastic label, crushing the container into a ball, and screwing the lid back onto the bottle before you add it to your recycle container. And keep in mind most lids are recyclable, you simply need to reattach it onto the to-be-recycled plastic for it to make it to the recycle company.
Reuse in Your Home
It is a good idea to recycle plastics with a local recycling service, but you can also take your own actions to reuse plastics in your home before you discard them by recycling or placing them into the trash. Plastic bread bags, zip-top bags, plastic bottles, and plastic clam shell containers are items you can wash and reuse in your home.
Remove any paper labels and wash them in warm soapy water before you rinse them out and allow them to dry. This gives you a clean, durable container or bottle to make use of in your own way. For example, a used clam shell container that once held cookies can be cleaned and reused to carry and hold homemade cookies.Share