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Posted on July 29, 2020 at 10:21 AM by Karola Dalen
It’s Earth Week 2020, and many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before.
If the kids are home too, then more garbage and more recycling is being generated every week. Is your home recycling system working as efficiently as it could be? Here are some tips to help your entire family recycle well at home.
1. Keep it simple and convenient.
If you want your family and especially your children to start recycling or recycle better, you'll have more success if it’s easy for them. Set your family recycling cans in a high-traffic area, preferably near the garbage can. If it cannot go next to the garbage, consider placing it where the least amount of steps are required. If you need to separate your recyclables, make sure each container is clearly marked. Or collect them mixed then distribute into larger containers in the porch or garage during chore time.
2. Does everyone know the rules?
Communication is important to make sure everybody is on the same page. Consider a family meeting to go over the rules of recycling in your house. A list of what can and cannot be recycled should be provided by your curbside collection company. If using a recycling center in Carlton County visit http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/254/Recycling-in-Carlton-County
3. A Recycling Guide
Consider making a “Recycling Guide” poster for your home or have the kids create one. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you out with an example. Post it on or near the recycling area or other common place in the house where it can be referenced with ease.
Here are some common tips to recycling well:
4. Talk about conserving and preventing waste.
In the three R’s, Reduce and Reuse come before Recycling. Preventing trash by making intentional choices not to create it has a tremendous environmental benefit. So it’s worth the conversation. How can your family prevent items from going into the recycling bin or the trash bin in the first place? You might be surprised on what ideas your family members come up with!
Here is a list of recycling facts to help motivate recycling well at home.
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