As a homeowner, one of your responsibilities is to find a way to properly dispose of recyclable materials. Unfortunately, trying to sort through all of your glass, paper, plastic, and metal can take a lot of time and can leave your home feeling cluttered.
The good news is, there are many innovative recycling solutions that you can use to simplify the process of responsible recycling. Here are some ideas on how to set up a home recycling center so that you can make recycling as quick and easy as possible:
1. Use color-coded storage bins. Sorting your recyclable items is much easier if you have a dedicated place for paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Consider buying large storage bins to use for sorting. Label each one with the types of items that should be put inside. Place the containers in a convenient location in your house. For instance, you can put them in your garage or in your mudroom. Consider building a storage rack for them so that they can stay neatly organized. If you want, you can even put doors on the storage rack so that the bins can be hidden from sight.
2. Use 5-gallon buckets. Another option is to sort your recyclables into 5-gallon buckets rather than into storage bins. If you don’t have a lot of floor space in your home, you can install pegboard and hang the buckets on the wall. Again, you can color code the buckets or label them using labeling tape or markers so that it is clear what types of items should go in each bucket. The benefit of using buckets is that they are extremely easy to carry when it comes time to transport your recycling.
3. Create a recycling center under your sink. Install a slide-out drawer underneath your sink. Then, place four small garbage cans on the drawer platform. Use each garbage can to sort your recyclables as you throw them away – one for garbage, one for glass, one for metal, and one for plastic. This simple solution keeps all of your recycling neatly tucked away out of sight so that you don’t have to worry about it making your home look cluttered. Additionally, the process of recycling is extremely easy since you can deal with it immediately when you go to throw something away. All of your family members will be far more likely to stick with a recycling plan when it is easy and intuitive.
These innovative recycling solutions can transform the way that you and your family recycle. By doing your part to keep recyclable materials out of the landfill, you can help protect the planet and minimize your family’s impact on the local environment.