More and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. With the impact of environmental degradation beginning to become apparent through the global warming and climate change that scientists say are the causes of many major calamities such as hurricanes and tsunamis, people are beginning to pitch in at the conservation and planet preservation effort. One of the first places to start this is the home, when you recycle plastic. Here are the steps for you to effectively recycle plastic.
- Check for the recycle rating. Not all plastic scrap can be recycled in the same way. A plastic bottle, for instance, will not be recycled along with the hangers. And even among plastic bottles and plastic bags, differences exist which means that these cannot be recycled alongside each other. If you check your plastic products, you will see that there is a recycle logo with numbers or codes on the wrappers or bottles. Usually, these are numbers or letters, depending on what laws exist in your particular area. The symbols indicate how many times the item can be recycled. Some materials are actually already recycled plastics. A plastic substance can only be recycled a certain number of times before becoming too difficult to process into useful substances. Segregate the plastic trash according to rating. When it comes to paper recycling, however, you can safely throw all of these into the same bin for recycling.
- Send to the appropriate facilities. The next step is for you to send the rating-segregated products to the appropriate facilities. Leaving this to your local garbage disposal service usually does not work since they will only pile up the trash with no concern for segregation, unless you are living in a city with a very strict environmental policy that takes the types of plastics into consideration. Otherwise, the environmentally friendly move is for you manually take the segregated items to the appropriate facilities. Some waste disposal facilities actually have incentive programs that will let you earn a few bucks off the plastics that you recycle. Paper waste, on the other hand, will be sent to another facility. To recycle computer and other electronics, send to a separate waste disposal facility designed for electronics.
- DIY. Finally, you can opt for a do-it-yourself plastic recycling campaign that your entire family can pitch into as well. Recycling plastic at home does not require you to learn college level chemistry. There are simple steps to recycling plastic, such as by reusing bottles for storage, or using the plastic sheets to create anything from bags to purses. Creativity is the name of the game when it comes to home based recycling. You can recycle bags by stitching them up to create versatile purses. Some pillows have actually been made using stuffing created out of shredded plastic. Just remember to shred the plastic bags into small enough pieces to minimize the noise created when pressure is bending plastic. To recycle paper bags, on the other hand, you can create your own paper by shredding the used paper and using chemicals to strain out the ink and other pigments that have been printed on the paper. Once the paper has been bleached, place it on a flat surface to dry, and bind together to create homemade notebooks.
Saving the environment does not have to be a difficult task. With little steps, such as when you recycle plastic and paper, you are actually already contributing to the environmental preservation effort – and saving up on money along the way.