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Recycling 101

Recycling 101

By: Rubi Multani

Recycling. We all hear we should do it. We know it’s good to do it. You may want to… you may have thought of doing it… but you’re not entirely sure if you know how to exactly.

Why should I care? There is only one Earth. We should try to protect it for as long as we can since it does give us life. Sorry mom. You may have brought me into the world, but the oxygen I am currently breathing is coming from planet Earth. The following are some simple and helpful tips on getting started.

Recycling facts:

  1. Styrofoam can’t be recycled.

  2. Food waste can’t be recycled

  3. Plastic bags can’t be recycled

Recycle these items together:

  • Newspaper, magazines, your notes on computer paper, restaurant menus and mail

  • Cereal and tissue boxes

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Plastic bottles, jugs, and food containers

  • Metal cans and aluminum foil/items

Reduce. Reuse. Re-purpose. Recycle.

Follow through with these four words and you can become a master at recycling. For example, every time you walk into a store to buy something small doesn’t mean you always need a plastic bag. You can toss your hand sanitizer or chap-stick into your purse, put it in your pocket, or hold it in your hand. When you go grocery shopping, ask for paper bags. Or better yet invest in a heavy duty reusable bag. You need one bag rather than twenty. Also, life hack, you can take your groceries up in one trip rather than multiple trips, because there won’t multiple bags that will be cutting off circulation in your fingers.

I have a online shopping problem, and I like to think I can’t be the only millennial going through this. Constant shopping means lots of boxes and lots of plastic bags the clothes are delivered in. Instead of always buy actual doggy bags to pick up after my dog. I use grocery bags or plastic bags my clothes are delivered in.

Along with online shopping, millenials are also notorious for eating out. I constantly order too much and bring home tons of leftovers. Instead of tossing out your takeout containers, wash them and recycle them if they are plastic. Or even keep them and you can reuse them. Majority of take home containers are dishwasher safe, all you have to do is toss it in with the rest of the dishes and not have to worry about washing them by hand.

Stop using straws. Plastic straws. Invest in a metal straw, you will also feel more sophisticated. If you cringe at the thought of having metal straws or drink hot liquids, you can use bamboo straws, silicone straws, paper straws, or even glass straws!

One doesn’t have to have their entire life revolving around recycling; however, little steps can be taken in order to save the planet. It will also make you feel better. You yourself cannot cause drastic change, but together we CAN make a difference.

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