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Everyone today is talking about green this or green that. Being green is an admirable choice! It means that you care about the environment and want to do what is best for this planet that we live on. There are many things you can do if you want to help out the environment and recycling is only one of them. Continue reading to learn a little more about how to make the most of your recycling efforts.
First of all, you need to find out about your local recycling center. Most areas have a place to either bring recycling or their trash companies pick up recycling on their weekly visits. You need to find out which materials they recycle. Most areas recycle similar items, but check it out to make sure. Also, find out how you need to store your recycling and whether or not it needs to be separated. The more you know about the whole process, the more success you can have and the more you will recycle.
Paper
Most papers are recyclable. Newspapers can be recycled, or you can even use them to wrap gifts. Kids (and even adults) love to get gifts wrapped in the comics sections. If you read magazines, you can recycle them, too. Other paper products, such as junk mail and packaging can be recycled, as well. A lot of food and other items will come in a thick paper package, these can be recycled or you can reuse them and use them as storage or anything else your imagination comes up with.
Cardboard
Cardboard is similar to paper, but most places will ask that it is kept separate. You can recycle cardboard boxes and other items that are made out of cardboard.
Plastics
It seems like plastic is being used more and more. The good thing about that is that you can recycle most plastic items. Most plastic containers that you get your cleaning, food or health items in can be rinsed out and put into your recycling bin. Look on your plastic containers and you should see the recycling symbol with a number in the middle of it. This number tells you the category of plastic. Some places will ask you to separate your plastics, and some will allow you to leave them all together.
Metals
This category of recyclables is quite unique. In most areas you can get paid to recycle metal. Junk yards and metal companies often pay for any metal they can find. This includes any scrap metal (old bicycles, a bed frame, etc.) and things such as aluminum cans. If you do not want to take the time to take it to a metal recycling center, you can recycle it with your local recycling authority.
When you decide you want to make green choices you are doing what is best for our environment and our planet as a whole. Recycling is free and it is easy and it will help the planet in which we live on.