How you organize your recycling hinges on three important things according to life organizer and sustainable living advocate Debra Baida.
Every community has its own set of recycling requirements and restrictions, and not every area supports every type of recycling. Find local recycling centers for your trash — from batteries to Christmas trees — with the Glad Recycle It search tool.
"How you organize your recycling depends on what your home looks like," says professional organizer Alison Kero, owner of ACK! Organizing. "Using bins to separate recycling and keeping it in a spot that's close to where you recycle works best."
"The less 'traveling' you and your family have to do in order to recycle quickly, the easier it is to actually do it," says Kero.
"It is so ironic that people don't use bins made from recycled material for their recycling," says environmental columnist Kristin Arrigo, author of Seasonal Home Repair Checklist: Eco-Alternatives for Maintaining Your Home.
"A bamboo hamper or laundry basket — with your recycling plastic bag inside — will hold your recycling in an inconspicuous way," says Arrigo. A pretty sea grass recycling bin is great for small areas and will go with the flow of your kitchen décor.
Whether your bins are practical or stylish, it's important to use appropriate recycling bags inside them. Glad Recycling Tall Kitchen Trash Bags are available in both clear and blue to satisfy various municipal requirements. Strong built-in handles make it easy to lift and carry even the fullest bag of recyclables ($6, Amazon).
No matter what types of recycling bins you choose or how you arrange them around your home, the ticket to success is getting the whole family to buy in. Discuss the benefits of recycling and encourage them to get involved.
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