How to Recycle Paper, Plastic, and Rubber Products
Do you want to recycle your brown paper packaging? The good news is that you can! Just because a paper is recyclable doesn’t mean it is easy to recycle. The only thing worse than using up your perfectly good brown paper packaging is doing so without doing something to make it easier on the environment.
Brown paper shopping bags can easily be recycled with most other paper items, but they really aren’t very sustainable. Those cardboard shopping bags you take home from your supermarket and other retailers can contribute a great deal to the landfill problem. And the only time these are reused is when they are filled with plastic. These soiled shopping bags end up as a byproduct of the plastic recyclable process.
If people would recycle their brown paper bags instead of the cardboard ones, they might find that they could actually save the planet. Reuse like this cuts down on the amount of paper and plastic that ends up in our landfills every year. But that’s not the only way to save the planet, there are also ways to recycle paper bags that are already in use. You just need to find them.
Have you ever noticed those food residue packets that you see at the grocery stores and supermarkets? There are actually many different kinds of food residue packets. Some of them have already been used and some have yet to be used. You can place any of these unused food residue packets into your recycled bin. But to make it even easier for you, let’s talk about how you can make the process of recycling paper packaging even easier. Here are three tips that you can use to do just that:
– Using office paper bags: One great tip for recycling paper bags is to reuse them inside of your home or office. If you take lots of multi-colored paper bags from your groceries, or you take a lot of single-colored paper bags from the dollar stores, you can simply take a bunch of those and put them into your compost heap. This way you’ll have even more of them for future use.
– Buying reusable shopping bags: Another great option for reusing paper and plastic shopping bags is to buy recycled and re-closed shopping bags. These kinds of bags aren’t like the plastic shopping bags that you can simply throw in the trash. They actually hold the plastic and paper materials until you decide what to do with them. Once you open the bag, you’ll find that there are actually lots of things in there that can be used again. These shopping bags are recycled, and they also help to reduce the amount of plastic and paper that is going into the landfills.
– Recycling wrapping paper: A third option that you have for recycling paper and plastic waste is to simply take your notepaper or plastic trash and wrap it in brown paper. You can do this by taking the torn pieces and tearing them into smaller pieces. This wrapping paper is then placed into an environmentally friendly, closed container and left to decompose. Years later, the decomposing paper will biodegrade into fertilizer.
So now that you know how easy it is to recycle paper, plastic, and rubber products, don’t let your bins get buried underground. Take advantage of the recycling programs being run by your city, county, or state. Pick up your waste at the curbside, and if you have to, take it to the local waste facility. Most cities and counties have recycling programs that will allow you to take some of your waste to their facilities. After you’ve arranged your recycling bin, you’ll want to keep it organized by adding different types of packaging.