How to recycle at home

How to recycle at home

June 22, 2020 Off By carolc

Without a doubt, every day we generate waste in our home, however small it may be. These wastes usually go to the landfill without any special treatment and increasing the contamination of our planet. However, there are people who actively collaborate to improve the environmental situation, by recycling at home.


Separating waste and disposing of it properly is an activity that does not require much effort and generates many benefits. In this post we will be indicating some tips that you can follow to learn how to recycle at home.


Domestic recycling


Any object or element that we are not going to use any more in our home is called waste or garbage. In general these objects do not have the slightest value to us, but many of them can be recycled, processed and reused, so their value is recovered.


Instead of wasting materials that can be reused, we can recycle them and collaborate with the environment. Among the elements that can be recycled we have paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, metals, among others. Even the skin of fruits and vegetables can have a second life being used as compost for your plants.


The benefits of recycling at home


There are various benefits that we generate when we decide to recycle at home. With just a few small steps, we can contribute as follows:


  • We save raw material.
  • We save energy and water by reusing a material, since it must not be manufactured again.
  • The amount of waste in landfills is greatly reduced.
  • We collaborate with the reduction of environmental pollution and with the strengthening of a sustainable society.


Tips for recycling at home


By putting some tips into practice, the task of recycling at home will be easy and very effective.


  • Know well what types of waste exist, and what you can recycle. This is very important before starting the recycling process.
  • Once you know the types of garbage that you can recycle, proceed to know which container corresponds to each one. In this case we refer to the containers arranged by your town, city or region. You should know them well so as not to confuse them, since you could hinder the process.
  • Another factor that can also help you is getting familiar with the recycling symbols used for each material.
  • Have containers in your house to separate the waste that will go to recycling. Of course, you must also have the corresponding container for garbage that cannot be recycled.
  • Be sure to invite the whole family to participate in the process. Getting the little ones at home familiar with the activity is very beneficial.
  • Prevents a large amount of waste from accumulating in the containers. This could make it difficult for you to move to the containers in the area. Remember that the glass is very heavy, and that it could be dangerous if it falls during transport.
  • To facilitate the process, it is recommended that you wash a little the plastic and glass containers that you are going to recycle. It is also advisable to remove clips, staples or any other item from the paper or cardboard, before disposing for recycling.


Types of containers for recycling materials


At this point we must clarify that it is possible that the colors of the containers vary from one region to another. So you should consult with the corresponding organizations in your area, to handle the correct information.


These are the most common colors for recycling containers:


  • Yellow color: it is used to arrange plastic containers and objects.
  • Green color: it is used for glass collection. No glass or ceramic pieces should be arranged.
  • Blue color: used for disposing of paper and cardboard.
  • Gray color: used to contain non-recyclable waste.
  • Brown color: it is used for organic waste.



How to organize recycling bins at home


You may not have enough space to put a different container for each type of waste, but there are several alternatives that can help you solve this small problem.


You just have to consider the characteristics of your home, or the space you plan to use for garbage disposal, and use a little imagination and creativity. To facilitate this phase of the task, we share some practical tips:


  • If your house is spacious and you have enough room in the kitchen to place a container for each type of material, perfect! The kitchen is the ideal place to locate garbage cans. It is there where usually more waste is generated, and it is where by tradition the general litter bins are located.
  • Other spaces that you can use to place your containers are the terrace, the garden, or the garage. Make sure that everyone is well organized and can be easily used by all members of the family.
  • In the event that the space in your kitchen is tight, one of the alternatives is to use smaller or multi-compartment garbage cans.
  • You can also choose to use hanging garbage bags, which will save you floor space. However, as resistant as these bags are, it is not recommended to use them to contain glass, due to the weight of said material.
  • As for materials that are not discarded very often, such as cardboard, paper or glass, you can keep them stored in a place other than the kitchen.
  • If possible, store papers and cardboard in boxes or containers of the same material. This will greatly facilitate you, disposing them in the container in your area, and saving you the use of bags or another garbage can.
  • A good practice for disposing of your waste is to remove it from your home every time you go out. This way you will not accumulate so much waste, and moving them to the containers in the area will be much easier.


By putting these tips into practice constantly, you can create a recycling culture in your family, encouraging each member to collaborate with the environment. Remember that small actions make a difference, and an activity like recycling at home is a great contribution to our planet.