Recycling at home is not just a popular trend for “going green,” but it is one of the best ideas for contributing to the repair and health of the planet. There are many recycling ideas that can not only help the environment, but put some extra money in your pocket, or compost in your garden. Some of the best ideas for recycling at home include keeping a compost pile of all the biodegradable items you toss out. Have separate bins for glass, plastic, paper and aluminum, and don’t put your old stuff in the trash when it can be reused or gifted to charity.
Anytime you have a banana peel, potato skins or leftover food you are throwing out, collect it in a compost pile outside in your yard or woods. You can use it in your garden for fertilizer to save money, or just keep it out of the landfills and in nature biodegrading as it should be. Also keep separate bins for all of your recyclable items. You can recycle paper, but it can’t be mixed with other items. This is usually the same for glass, and even though you can mix plastic and aluminum, if you keep the aluminum separate you can take it to your local recycling plant and get money for doing your part.
Don’t throw out any unwanted items. Large appliances can be taken to scrap metal facilities where they will pay you for the item, so you can make money and save the planet. Clothes, shoes and other personal items can be recycled or donated to Good Will, the Salvation Army or another charitable group. There are also groups on the internet for recycling unwanted items. Freecycle is one group where you list items on a forum and people email you to pick them up, so you are keeping the items out of the landfill and helping your community at the same time. There is also a group called Cheapcycle where you may be able to get a few dollars for your unwanted stuff at the same time!