In a world where the Earth gives us so much, it’s only fair to give back once we’ve utilized this privilege. Among homeowners everywhere, far too few participate in composting and recycling, two small activities that help the earth in a big way. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the national recycling rate is just 30%.
Getting into recycling isn’t a difficult task, it just needs a little motivation. It all starts with a small initiative in your community, or even just in your household. Once the action of recycling becomes a habit, it’s your job to provide for the Earth in the same way it provides for you: every single day, without fail.
Recycling is a mindset. The constant practice of it creates a new facet in your brain, a mindfulness which people only acquire after learning about the takeaways of recycling. Every time you drink from a plastic water bottle, or finish a study guide, you will be met with a protruding thought: Which bin is the correct place for this item?
Recycling is a habit which can benefit your home as well as the environment as a whole. Here’s a list of “things” you can and should be recycling on a daily basis:
Aluminum cans (and foil), corrugated cardboard, magazines, newspapers, bottles made with flint (clear), brown (amber) or green (emerald) glass, batteries, plastics (if they’re clean), among so many more.
Additionally, composting is an interactive environmental activity that comes with a variety of benefits as well. Compost is organic matter that comes to its most environmentally nourishing form after a process called composting. Choosing to compost materials that would otherwise be classified as waste is a great way to make a soil conditioner that enhances plant and grass growth. Composting uses valuable nutrients to help keep soil healthy and fertile.
Composting will help you save money in your household grooming, as chemical fertilizers will no longer be necessary to purchase. Composting can remove 20-50% from your household waste stream, as these resources are being recycled, there will be a lesser need for trash bags. Not only does it help your soil, it helps the environment around you as well. Reduction in trash-pick up travel will ultimately reduce the amount of gas emissions, and air pollution on the come-down would be a positive trend for everyone.
There are hundreds of things that you can compost, but here’s a short list:
Fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells (crushed), used paper towels and napkins, cooked pasta, cardboard cereal boxes, pizza crust, newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces), etc.
In a society where our environmental footprint seems to keep growing and growing, taking an initiative in our own homes is a small start to a big change. Utilizing the resources that we have for an expanded purpose allows us to use them to their greatest value, and return them to where they came from. Recycling and composting in your home will make life simpler within the realm of foods and material goods, and with one home at a time, will reduce our harsh impact on the environment.
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