Many places have used recycling for years. The downside is that recycling can be expensive, but it’s better for the planet in the long run. I can’t begin to tell you how many times a week I pick up trash on the side of the road, yet people could recycle most of the garbage. I’ve gotten to where I pick up the aluminum cans and take them for cash at least once a quarter. It’s not a ton of money, but every little bit helps. The glass discarded is usually from beer or liquor bottles. The worst part about glass on the side of the road is that if the sun hits the glass just right, it can start fires.
Many of us use products that we can recycle. Here are a few suggestions I found online that might be of interest to you.
- Buy recycled paper and print on both sides. This item is an excellent option if you have a printer that can do this. If you don’t and can print manually, it can be more of a hassle.
- Make recycling bins readily available. The containers don’t have to be fancy. When I worked for Habitat for Humanity, we had a box that we threw cans in to recycle. We had a separate container for plastic bottles. No matter what you use, finding ways to recycle helps the environment and keeps things cleaner than having a lot of trash on the side of the road.
- Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. I have mixed feelings about this item and the one below it. If you have had success with recycling ink and toner, I commend you. Ink and toner can be messy. Sometimes it can feel like you are wearing ink instead of discarding the cartridges for recycling.
- Buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. This item depends on the equipment you use. Every printer I’ve ever owned has discouraged me from using remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. If you used these regularly and had no issues with them, I give you props.
- Recycle old newspapers lying around the office. This option includes magazines. You would be amazed at how many paper products can recycle.
- Look for the recycled option in all the products you buy. If the product is recyclable, it has the potential for a variety of uses.
- Recycle your outdated technology. I love this option. I recycle my electronics when I can. There is a local prison farm that has an electronic recycling drop-off where I live. By taking the used electronics to them, I don’t have to worry about them going in the dump somewhere. Parts for some of those electronics can be challenging to find.
- Buy rechargeable batteries. I agree with this option to a point. Buy reputable rechargeable batteries. Some of the rechargeable brands don’t hold up long. Make sure you do your homework.
- Use Flash Drives and Rewriteable DVDs and CDs. The logic behind this is simple. These options can store data on these tools and be used when the data is no longer needed. This option saves time, money, and space.
There’s nothing wrong with working smarter and not harder. These helpful hacks are fantastic options for saving time, money, resources, and space. The best part is we help save planet Earth for future generations. I hope this blog gave you a few good ideas. Have a great day, everyone!