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“Recycling” is a word that now forms part of our daily lives and one which has acquired increasing importance over the last decade because of the significant contribution it can make to the long-term sustainability of the planet. By making a small effort every day, we can make a big difference, so make a note of our recommendations on how to recycle at home. Let’s achieve a more sustainable home!
When recycling at home, ideally you should separate your waste into 5 groups: plastic and packaging (yellow), organic waste (brown), paper and cardboard (blue), glass (green), and the rest of the waste.
To distinguish them, use bins of different colours, as this will make it easier for you to tell them apart them right away.
If your home is small, we suggest you use a single container that is divided into several compartments. We also suggest labelling each container or compartment with the kind of waste to be deposited in each. The labels could be the same colour as each container.
Tip: Fold up packaging and cartons and “crush” the plastics so you can fit more into the containers.
As well as recycling as much as possible, don’t forget the other 2 “Rs”: reuse and reduce. We should try to become more aware about what we can do to use less packaging and to reduce our waste. Here are a few tips:
These three types of waste certainly generate a lot of confusion about how they should be recycled at home.
You can take medicines, which should never be thrown away with the rest of the rubbish, to your nearest pharmacy, as they usually have a container to dispose of any medicines that are unused or out-of-date.
Coffee capsules should also be taken to the recycling centre.
Any cooking oil that has been used for frying should not be poured down the sink or the toilet since it is highly contaminating. If possible, reuse it first and then store it in glass containers and take it to the recycling centre in your town.
Interesting fact to raise our awareness: did you know that, according to Ecoembes, for every 6 tins or plastic bottles we recycle, we can counteract the pollution produced by an exhaust pipe every ten minutes? We hope you have found these recommendations on how to recycle at home helpful.