Recycle Household Items & Materials
Junk Mail & Cards: You can recycle most of the mail that comes into your home. Make it easy by placing a small recycling bin next to the door you use to retrieve your mail. This helps you remember to recycle junk mail as you walk back inside. Recycle the empty envelopes that remain once you’ve opened your mail, including envelopes with plastic windows
Books: Donate or sell any books that you no longer read. You can also recycle books that have been destroyed. Keep in mind that outdated books can still have a new life on Amazon, eBay. “Outdated” often means “vintage,” to savvy book collectors.
Shredded Paper: Most curbside recycling programs accept shredded paper; just make sure you put it in a paper bag, so that it can be recycled properly and doesn’t blow all over the place.
Plastics: This is the trickiest of the recycling materials. The ones that are most acceptable and easiest to recycle are the clear plastics (hard or soft). Coloured plastics are not always recyclable and would be best to check with you local Municipalities who can get you a plastics recycling guide.
Cardboard / Newspapers: You can recycle cardboard boxes, including cereal boxes, cracker boxes which are “boxboard” items, and any other type of paper packaging including newspaper and magazines. Not recycling these items causes a negative environmental impact.
Municipal Drop-off Sites: Much of the items that are accepted from residents and are collected by the various cities are because of the amount of toxic materials that contribute to pollution, especially when they break down in our landfills. Many municipalities have depots where you can drop of batteries CFL bulbs, old televisions and old computer components household and batteries for recycling.
If you find it difficult to recycle, turn recycling into a game. Pit yourself against your neighbors, to see who can throw out the least amount of trash. Seeing recycle bins full to the brim with recyclables is a wonderful sight.
Remember that by doing your part you are helping to reduce your environmental footprint for the next generation: