Monday, November 20

4 Components of the Ideal Recycling Bin

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Making the choice to recycle is obviously a smart one. You are helping the environment by keeping reusable materials out of landfill sites and reducing harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases released by garbage at these sites. Because of the large amount of materials that can be recycled and the obligation to sort by material, the process can be tedious at times. Therefore you want to deal with as few issues as possible. Choosing recycling bins suited to your needs is crucial in allowing you to recycle your materials efficiently. Many factors contribute to what bin is best for you, but being mindful of these ones will ensure you get the one you need and will make recycling a breeze.

1. Amount of people

Obviously the amount of people in a household or office will dramatically impact how much recycling is collected. In a home, even a family of 4 recycles a large quantity of materials assuming that all things that can be recycled are collected. Larger families and offices need to be mindful of this fact and ensure that the recycling bins available are large enough. Recyclable materials also need to be separated so ensuring that you have at least two available, one for paper and cardboard and one for plastic and cans, is helpful.

2. Home or office?

Keeping in mind whether your recycling bin will be for a home or office is very important. Why? Because these two places tend to recycle different things in different quantities and you need bins to accommodate what is collected. At home, it is more likely that cans, bottles, and cardboard are recycled more in comparison so a deeper, wider bin with a plastic liner in it to prevent leaks is better to accommodate such materials. In an office, large amounts of paper are recycled the most so they may be able to get away with a smaller bin with no liner or simple clear recycling bags for easy disposal.

3. Available space

Where will your recycling bins be located? Deciding on where they will go before you buy them is important as you want to make sure the bins will fit in your desired location. Will your bins be kept outside or in your garage? If so, you are probably able to purchase bigger, bulkier bins or taller, stackable ones because you have the space to accommodate them. Will they go in your kitchen? Slim and tall bins that are more aesthetically pleasing may be best to cut down on the space they take up and so they look nicer. Stackable bins may be ok in a kitchen too if you have the space and they are kept out of the way. Will your bin go under a sink? Your bins will be smaller and make sure you measure the cupboard height and width so you know what size of a recycle bin will fit.

4. What will be recycled?

In a perfect world, all reusable materials do get recycled but unfortunately this is not the case. There are people who recycle everything they can, people who only recycle certain materials, and some who do not recycle at all. The following materials can be recycled: cans, paper, cardboard, glass, and plastics with special disposal for batteries and electronics required. Take an inventory of everything that you have on a weekly basis that fits into these categories and estimate what types of bins you would need to allow you to recycle more efficiently and in vast amounts. Each category does not need its own bin; cans can be mixed with plastic containers and paper can be put in with cardboard. Glass can sometimes be missed with the cans and plastic but depending on your location it may need a separate bin.

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Rodney Seif

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