The Easy Guide to Recycling at Home

Want to do your part to save the earth? From small things like turning off the tap while you brush your teeth to major improvements like installing solar panels, there are a ton of different ways to have an eco-friendly home. And recycling is another great way to get started, especially since many municipalities require it. Get started with this guide for setting up a recycling system in your home.

Tips to Start Your Recycling System at Home

Do some research. First things first, call your local collection center and ask what items it actually accepts and rejects. For the items it does accept, follow the steps below. For the items that your recycling center won’t take, like some electronics or batteries, find a different local drop-off location that will accept them. Also, remember some items can be collected and turned in for cash, like aluminum cans, bottles and more!

Check your trash. Take a peek at your trash — what kind of items are you tossing? Your garbage habits will determine the type and size of recycling containers you’ll need. For example, if your current recycling bag is filled with large milk jugs, you’ll want a larger bin for plastic recycling.

Make it convenient. In order for you to actually use your recycling system, it’s important to make it as convenient as possible. Typically, your system would involve two parts — everyday disposal and weekly or monthly disposal. The first part would be located in a spot where you generate the most waste — usually the kitchen. This spot should be as easy to reach as the trash can and, ideally, right next to it for an instant reminder. And while sorting is a necessity when it comes to recycling, you can make it second nature by getting a divided container to instantly sort whatever comes its way.

Store smart. After your kitchen bins get full, empty their contents in an out-of-the-way spot until it’s time to for them be brought to the curb or recycling center. The garage, mudroom, laundry room or a rarely-used closet are great storage spots. Lastly, make sure lugging recyclables to the curb is easy by buying receptacles with wheels.

Now that you’ve got a recycling plan in place, you can focus on making your home as waste-free as possible. And recycling isn’t the only way to eliminate waste. Making sure your home’s appliances and systems are operating efficiently can help save you money and use less energy. If you’ve recently replaced the plumbing, electrical or heating system in your house, you may be eligible for a discount on your homeowners insurance. Connect with your American Family Insurance agent to learn how your home improvement efforts can benefit you.

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