How To Recycle

Guide to recycling plastic at home

When you drop a bottle into a recycle bin, it will come back as something new – you know that. But did you know that by recycling you are helping to prevent global warming, create jobs, reduce pollution, and protect wildlife. WTG!

Plastic does not break down in landfills, and since it can be recycled to make many diverse products, effort should be made to recycle all plastic waste. To make best use of plastics, consumers should choose the types of plastics that lend themselves most to reuse and recycling options.

Recycling centres vary in the types of plastic they accept. Check with your local recycling centre and take care to buy plastic goods that are recyclable.

The key to a successful home recycling program is your storage bin setup.

Once you learn which materials your local drop-off centre accepts set up a corresponding storage bin system. The garage or your kitchen is a good place to locate the bins; if storing your bins outside, the lids will need to be covered to secure the contents from pests and wind. Try to use smaller containers, as they will be easier to lift when full. Label recycling bins to ensure materials are separated correctly. Once your system is set up, recycling is easy.

  • Rinse bottles and recyclable packaging before depositing in your recycling bin. This prevents flies both at home and the recycling station.
  • Flatten bottles as they take up less space in bins and trucks; they’re also easier to crush and process.
  • Keep the caps on so that they don’t become lost or become litter!! They are easily separated from the bottles during the recycling process.