According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans discard 52.8 percent of their garbage each day instead of choosing to recycle. Because of this, their garbage is taken to a landfill. This can result in toxins and greenhouse gases that can harm our planet. Follow the tips below so you can start recycling.
When food is thrown away and taken to a landfill, it cannot decompose properly. Instead, it produces harmful greenhouse gas into the air. This can contribute to global warming, and can even contaminate our water supply.
Instead of throwing food away, use it as compost. It is not difficult to do, and it requires little space, effort, and time. Once the compost is ready, you can use it to add nutrients to your soil for your vegetables and flower garden, as well as any potted plants you may have. It is a natural fertilizer so you do not have to purchase fertilizer from a store.
Some things you can turn into compost include:
- Fruit and vegetable peelings
- Coffee grounds
- Crushed egg shells
- Weeds and grass cuttings
- Paper product
- Wood pruning
- Sawdust, wool, hay, and straw
- Wood ash
There are different methods of composting so you should be able to find something that works well for you.
If you have always thought about recycling, but you do not have the space to keep all those cans, plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, and more, a trash compactor can help. To use the compacter, put a trash bag in it, put the items you are recycling in the bag, and then press the button that is usually located on the front. A motor then turns on, and moves a press down on top of the items to compact them as far as they will go. So, if you have a bunch of cans, instead of storing them somewhere, put them in the compactor, and you will turn a dozen cans into the size of a couple of cans smashed down flat. Keep adding your recyclable items to the bug until it becomes full. You can then remove it and take it to a recycling center.
A trash compactor is usually installed under a countertop in the kitchen so it doesn't take up floor space. If you do not have space under your counter, you can purchase one that is free standing.
If you do not want to purchase a compactor, and only want to use one for a short time, you can rent a freestanding one from a company like C-TEC Compactors & Balers instead. This works well if you need a large one that would not fit into your kitchen well.