How to recycle those recyclables and non-recyclables – CTWW
|February 15, 2012||Posted by Kelly under Green ideas, Simple Living|
The first trash day after starting our new healthy eating, we noticed that we went from 3 cans plus a recycling bin on the curb, to just 2 cans and the recycling bin. The next week we did even better, 1 can and just a few things in the recycling bin. Now we just put out 1 can and no recycling bin. Yes yes, I know that sounds bad, “no recycling bin”, but wait – we actually aren’t buying much that needs to go in there.
One of my goals, after the house is cleared out, is to reduce our trash even further. Right now the trash consists of things that really need to be thrown away. Everything that can be used is donated, sold, or giveaway to someone I know that can use it.
Now back to the recyclables. One goal we had as a family was to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into this house. We stopped drinking soda, so there went the soda bottles and cans. We make our own butter or buy a paper wrapped butter roll, so there goes the plastic tubs or cardboard boxes. We don’t buy processed or canned foods, so there goes all that excess trash and waste. We get our eggs from a local farm and they reuse the egg cartons, check with a local farm to see if they can use your egg cartons. So for us, what is left is milk jugs. We use to recycle them on the curb, but now we have a new plan.
This year we are using our milk jugs to start our vegetable garden, a great idea I got from A Garden for the House.
Ideas for reusing other recycles -
Hubby used a soda bottle to create a funnel for me to use.
Tin Cans make great pencil and pen holders.
This project is really easy -
Piece of fabric measure your can for size
Clean tin can
Beads, buttons, ric rac if you want to add decorations
Cut the material to fit your can exactly top to bottom and add an extra inch around so that the start and finish overlap, I didn’t worry about folding the top and bottom edges over, if you have fray check you can use that, but I don’t, so I’m not going to worry about the edges (I really think with the hot glue holding them, that they will be fine!). Start at the seam of the can using the glue gun and apply fabric as you go around. Glue seems to dry very quickly on cans, so make sure you press fabric to can firmly as you go. Once you have your material glued to your can all the way around you are done! If you like you can glue ric rac, beads, or buttons as decorations, but I’m pleased with my can as is.
We use butter tubs all the time for paint! My younger daughter loves to paint and this container works great and when she is done we wash it out and save it for the next painting session. I also use any plastic container we have from our store eating days to hold buttons, craft supplies and stuff like that. I also got really creative and used an old pill container to hold Barbie shoes.
There are some things that we hope would be recycled and kept out of landfills, but maybe we don’t know how to recycle them. Our local borough actually collects batteries and recycles them, I recommend calling your town office or a neighboring town office to see if they will takes your batteries.
For things like CFL Bulbs, check out the EPA website.
If you haven’t done so, now is a great time to start a compost bin. I know that has reduced our weekly trash pile. We have a bowl in the house and once it is full we take it out back and put it in our large bin, it never takes more than a day or two to fill it up.
Don’t have an outside compost bin and really don’t want one? Ask a neighbor that has one, if you may put your compost in theirs, I know they will appreciate your contribution to their beautiful soil! Live in an apartment? That’s ok too, there are containers you can use on your deck or patio to make compost on a smaller scale.
It is important to know what can go into a compost bin and want can not…. I was actually surprised by a few things.
Things that can go into your compost bin include:
Paper napkins, paper bags, paper towels, newspaper (I use this to cover every time I take a bowl of stuff out there), cardboard rolls, and paper
Vegetables and fruit or any part that you cut off, Potato peelings, Banana peels, apple cores
Coffee grinds, coffee filters
Pet hair, human hair
Old spices and herbs
Leaves (leaves make excellent mulch, I’m thinking of building a bin just for leaves)
Grass clippings (but be careful or this will completely fill your bin, if you have the space build an additional bin just for clippings)
Tea bags and grounds
Egg shells (this also makes great compost)
Tea bags (black and herbal)
Worms (they help make it into soil)
And I’m sure there is more that I missed!
Things that shouldn’t go in your compost bin include:
Anything that is non-biodegradable or anything that you wouldn’t want touching your future food.
Most composts bins come with a book that gives you more details on what you can and can’t put in it. Mine actually has a list on the lid of things that can’t go inside, but it is too cold and dark for me to go out there and check
What recycling ideas do you have? I would love to hear them!