Recycling is one of the simplest solutions for sustainable living. From the perspective of environmental health and sustainability, recycling and reducing waste is one of the most important actions we can take. While it may not result in the tangible short-term cost savings to the home owner as decreasing energy and electricity use, neither does it have the associated upfront cost. Nevertheless, recycling and waste reduction result in long term cost savings for the entire community by reducing the demand for landfills. Municipalities can even make money by selling the recycled material.
What can by recycled?
In the US, municipalities are generally responsible for any curb-side or city-wide recycling programs. The municipality will usually decide what types of materials they will accept for recycling. Therefore, you should always check with your city or town recycling program to determine what can be recycled at the curb. The most common materials for curb-side recycling programs are plastics, glass, cardboard, paper and certain metals. Even if your local program accepts all of these materials, there are often others, such as batteries and light bulbs that can be recyclable but aren’t accepted with curb-side recycling programs. In the Green Living Resources section of the Green Pro Directory site, you can find various links and information that will enable you to find a drop off location that will accept such materials for recycling.