Why is it important to recycle? Answer: To prevent degradation of the environment due to waste, pollution, and garbage. We all know that paper is one of the highest contributors to the destruction of the environment due to waste. Paper is one of the products we use and throw away every day, the majority of which is used as personal waste. To avoid the devastation of the environment, we all need to start by recycling.
The best way to begin recycling your paper is to place it in a recycling bin and take it to the post office. You can also place all your unused packaging in a recycle bin and call on the neighborhood curbside to pick up your paper products for donation. Any unused packaging, such as boxes, bags, or sleeves, should also be brought to your local community recycling bin.
Recycling programs are available at public service locations, businesses, post offices, schools, colleges, and other facilities. A recycling program is a great way to help reduce your impact on the environment. If you have recycling containers, it makes it easier to separate your trash, keeping it from clogging the rest of the bins. Keep all empty containers in an accessible place until the next visit to the curb. If your trash cannot be recycled, it can be donated to a charity. Charities will use the nonpaper materials to create programs to benefit the less fortunate.
Recycle everything that you can, leaving the larger paper bags and plastic bags in the receptacles provided by the recycling facility. These large bags and plastic containers are generally kept in the main area of the facility, where they can easily be picked up. For smaller items, place them in a large bucket, covered with a tarp and tied off at the end. If you need to dispose of an entire box, seal all of its edges and put it in a sealed garbage can. Make sure you follow all the discard instructions that come with the trash and recycling bins that you are using.
If you have old newspapers, magazines or catalogs, you can recycle them. Take them to a local printer that offers “boxes to the curb” services. Ask them to take the non-recyclable paper padded envelopes and replace them with new ones. The pieces of paper will not break down on their own, but they will be recycled when they are crushed. The recycled paper can then be sent to local post offices or put in mailers. Make sure that you put the address of your local post office on the envelope and write the letter and address inside the letter itself.
If you have unwanted greeting cards, birthday or Christmas cards, or business documents that you no longer need, place them in a large recycling bin, covered with a tarp. If you do not have a recycling bin, you can recycle small pail size packages in a larger one. When you empty these packages, seal the individual packages with clear tape and then place them into the recycling bin.
If you have too many plastic bags or polypropylene tarpaulins at home or at work, there are places that will reuse these materials. There are many places that accept plastics and other plastics at the curb and will pick them up for re-use. You can call your local branch of the American Society for the Recycling of Trash (ASRT) or your local YMCA and ask where you can go to pick up your plastics. Many cities and counties have recycling centers that accept plastics, paper and other materials. Call each city and county to find out their specific requirements for drop-off and storage fees.
There are also ways to recycle paper. Look at your Sunday’s paper and check the bottom of the page. You may find a note saying something like “please take wrapping paper”. These are great places to recycle paper and can be used again for other things. Some cities and counties have recycling centers that accept wrapping paper. Look in your town or county to find the one closest to you.