When we think of recycling we usually think paper, soda cans and plastic water bottles. But there are actually a number of other household items that can be effectively recycled.
Household recycling can not only take different forms, but it can include a wide variety of common household trash items. In fact, with some creativity, planning, and a little effort almost anything you to simply toss out can actually be recycled, reused or repurposed.
In addition to the smaller items that can be reused or recycled, almost every appliance and piece of furniture in your home can be efficiently disposed of to then be dismantled and the components recycled accordingly.
With the right service or the right methods, just about anything you need to get rid of in your home can be recycled. Which is a good thing since we still have a long ways to go when it comes to recycling.
According to a National Geographic article, a recent recycling study presented some shocking statistics:
The new study... is the first global analysis of all plastics ever made—and their fate. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Meaning: at some point, much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.
If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.
Unfortunately, some materials such as plastic have a long life. According to the study, plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, so most of it still exists in some form as only 12 percent has been incinerated. The World Watch Institute noted that, while the U.S. generates more waste than any other country in the world, it only represents 5 percent of the world's population.
And on a global scale, worldwide waste is expected to double in the next 15 years.
10 Ways You Can Support Recycling
One of the great things about household trash is that almost everything that ends up in the waste stream can be recycled, repurposed or reused. In fact, there are a large number of common materials that make up the bulk of our household trash and junk that should be.
By being aware of these waste materials and being strategic in your junk disposal practices you can make a huge difference in the overall recycling efforts.
Here is an infographic that illustrates the ten most common household items you can recycle:
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There's Much More To Recycling Than Just "Being Green"
Our municipal waste bins reflect it: different bins, or compartments, for different materials, all to be recycled if possible. Ads, public service announcements, signs - recycling and green junk removal is being promoted just about everywhere.
And, as we've noted here, much of your household junk and excess trash can be disposed of through recycling.
So what are the benefits of our improved recycling efforts?
- It protects the forests which help to reduce CO2 emissions
- Recycling significantly reduces use of fossil fuel energy and reduces CO2 emissions
- Increased recycling helps conserve our finite natural resources
- Recycling also conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials
- And recycling prevents waste from going into oceans
Many of us find we have growing amount of clothes, shoes, and other personal belongings, or larger household items like furniture or sports equipment. In fact, almost everyone finds themselves excess stuff at some point. In addition, our things break, wear out, or simply become unusable or outdated.
What do you do then?
For too many, unfortunately, the seemingly obvious action is to simply toss things out. But adding to the municipal waste stream and your local landfill isn't always the best choice, however. In fact, with a little advance planning and forethought, much of what we consider simply junk or trash may, in fact, be utilized or disposed of in other ways such as at a recycling center.
As we have noted previously, we are familiar with the most common materials that get recycled from homes: paper, plastic, aluminum cans and glass. But there are a number of other common items and materials that can be recycled either into raw material, or by reuse and repurposing.
Choose the Right Junk Removal Firm for Your Large Recycling
A great benefit to having a professional firm remove your household and other trash is that you won't have unsightly junk and debris taking up space. Typically, you can have it taken away that day or the next day, and sometimes even from inside your home so you don’t have to put it out in your driveway, parking lot or loading dock.
Junk King is proud to be North America’s greenest residential junk removal service. We pioneered recycling based junk removal in 2005 and have been going greener ever since. We sort each and every job for metals, e-waste, paper, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances, in our recycling warehouses.
But “going green” also means we donate, repurpose, and reuse everything from clothing, toys, baby cribs and strollers to office furniture and supplies. We run many of our trucks run on biodiesel, a domestically produced fuel made from more environmentally safe non-petroleum, renewable resources. Junk King is committed to continuing to lead the way to help keep our planet clean, green and beautiful for the generations to come.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete.
Whether you need our services several times during a storage space cleaning project, or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the furniture and debris is quickly out of your way so that you can get on with your life.
Our team specializes in trash and junk removal. We can be at your home in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at (707) 744-4254.