In the previous blog post “Simple things Ken Lucianin does to protect our environment”, we’ve discussed a few simple thhttp://kenlucianin.com/things-ken-lucianin-protect-environmentings everyone can do in order to be more responsible towards our planet. One of those things is recycling, a third component of “reduce, reuse, recycle” waste hierarchy. Recycling means converting waste into reusable material.
Ken has been practicing this environmentally responsible behavior for years and would like to share a few thoughts when it comes to recycling.
The importance of recycling
If you want to have a clean home, be healthy and happy (and we’re sure you do) then you should do something about it. All of us should do something about it. Planet Earth is our home and if we do not protect it then our lives will be in jeopardy too.
Hopefully everyone adopts the habit of recycling because the advantages it gives us are endless.
- Recycling greatly reduces greenhouse gases emission into the atmosphere.
- By recycling, we can prevent huge amounts of waste from being sent to landfills and incinerators.
- It preserves space in landfills for waste that can’t be re-purposed.
- It saves Earth’s natural resources such as trees, minerals, raw materials etc.
- Reduces energy consumption.
- Creates new jobs in recycling plants and other facilities that use recycled material.
Follow the rules
You’ve probably asked yourself a number of times how to recycle a certain item or if it’s even recyclable. Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. But, there are a few rules about recycling you should be aware of:
- Clean-stream collection keeps the materials separate from one another. It is recommended that you sort your materials by the following streams: cardboard, mixed paper, compost, and commingled.
- You need to know what is recyclable and what’s not.
- Be sure not to confuse your recycling bin and trash cans. You don’t want your recyclables to be contaminated with trash that can’t be recycled.
- If you have cardboard, break it down in order to optimize the space in the container.
- Always check with your waste provider which items are accepted for recycling in your area.
Most commonly recyclable items
Since Ken Lucianin has been recycling for years, he knows which items are most common recyclable items you may come across in everyday life:
Paper and cardboard
Paper is all around us. Just, look around yourself and you’ll see paper or paper products. You can recycle magazines and newspaper, corrugated cardboard, office paper and poster board.
Bottles and jars can be recycled too. There are flint or clear glass items which make up the largest part of the glass market. There is also amber or brown glass and when recycled, it can only be made into other amber colored glass item. The same goes for emerald glass products.
Tin and steel cans, aluminum foil and cans: all of these are the items we use in our everyday life and they can be recycled. Recycling metal takes a lot less energy than it takes making a completely new item.
Nothing works better than leading by example
Apart from the above mentioned items, you can also recycle plastics, light bulbs, electronics etc.
And as you can see, by practicing recycling habits we can reduce pollution, save energy, save natural resources, help the economy and create jobs.
All you want to do is what Ken has been doing for quite some time: instill the morals of recycling in our own lives, our family and community. Recycle and show other people how everyone can benefit from it.