Recycling Matters

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Taking out the garbage may be a difficult task because of all of the recyclables. Simplify the task by learning about your community's rules for recycling and consider setting up a home recycling station to keep your recyclable materials organized.

According to National Resources Canada, recycling a material requires significantly less energy than producing it from primary sources. Landfill space is at a premium, so the growing demand for recycled products is required in a number of communities. According to NRCan, recycling is an environmentally friendly project. Recycling reduces greenhouse gases and water pollution, conserves natural resources, protects wildlife and reduces the need for landfills.

Recycling has become a solution in many communities that have encountered problems with the expense and environmental challenge of processing garbage. Although more towns are offering curbside pickup for recyclables, these items can add up throughout the week and overflow in your recycle bin.

Recycling regulations vary by community. Check your community's recyclable list as it may have grown or changed. After you find out the recyclable items your community accepts and how it accepts them, create your own recycling plan for your home. To prevent odours and keep critters away, rinse food and drink from all containers before placing them in the recycle bin. You may want to organize recyclables in smaller bins until pick-up day; there are a variety of ways to keep your materials sorted. If your town doesn't offer curbside pickup, assign a specific day or two each month to take recyclables to the recycling center.

Setting up a recycling system gives you the opportunity to think about the space you have, how much you collect, how often you recycle and what your town collects. It's also a simple way to help out the environment.