Some things we know by heart and one of these is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - the Three R's of the Environment that we all know.
But are we really practicing it?
Re-Thinking Our Own "Green" Practices
For too many of us, our own efforts at being green are often limited to making use of recycling bins when we have them nearby. We know that paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum cans should be recycled. We avoid buying products in single-use packaging when we can. And we avoid buying or using anything plastic, if possible.
But a fair question to ask ourselves is, "Am I reducing my consumer purchases?"
And, in addition to that question, we might do well to consider how much do we actually reuse or repurpose on a regular basis? And if we're recycling responsibly or just with token efforts?
No single one of us can have a significant impact on reducing waste going to our landfills, but all of us together can make a substantial reduction. But it will take more than throwing some cans, plastic, and waste paper into a recycling bin at work.
How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Like a Boss
There are dozens of actions we can take on a regular basis beyond what most of us typically do. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a webpage dedicated to promoting the reduction of waste through Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Here are some of their ideas for "best practices" at home, work, and in your community:
Tips for Home
- Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills.
- When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills.
- Clean and properly store tools, toys and outdoor furniture to protect them from damage and keep them out of landfills.
- Turn off or unplug lights during the day. Doing so will save energy and help your lights last longer.
- Prevent waste by keeping rechargeable batteries for your flashlights to reduce hazardous waste.
- Take used or damaged car batteries to auto stores that stock or repair lead-acid batteries for safe disposal.
- Return used car tires to retailers or wholesalers that recycle or retread them. Tires are banned from most landfills and are often illegally dumped.
Tips at Work
- Instead of printing hard copies of your documents, save them to your hard drive or email them to yourself to save paper.
- Pay your bills via e-billing programs when possible to save paper.
- Reuse envelopes with metal clasps and reuse file folders by sticking a new label over the previous one.
- Purchase recycled paper and keep a recycling bin nearby your desk.
- Share the ride and the road. Public transportation and carpooling reduce pollution.
Tips for the Neighborhood
- Organize a recycling drive in your neighborhood or at school. Collect bottles, glass, plastic, newspapers or books and take them to your local recycling center.
- Create a community drop-off site for old computers at a neighborhood school.
- Set up a composting program for your neighborhood or school.
With all of the issues that have plagued the recycling industry in the last three years, being a good steward through recycling now means more awareness and understanding. Not everything is being recycled and not enough of things that can be are.
But the good news is that companies like Junk King continue to be at the forefront of recycling solid wastes and encourage everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much of everything we use as possible.
Recycling with Junk King and Junk Removal Services
Junk removal service from Junk King can provide you with an efficient option for all your bulk recycling needs.
Junk King provides professional junk removal services to remove many types of junk including anything made with glass, metal, paper, and plastic - and we'll even remove your old furniture, yard waste, and excess garbage, as well.
We also have the equipment and teams to remove large refrigerators and other appliances down stairways, up basement steps, or out through garages.
Whatever type of junk you have, we will always try to recycle everything and anything we take. And we provide an eco-friendly junk removal service to help you get rid of any unwanted junk, large trash items, or any old appliances.
So, got junk? Junk King can help you get it out of the way!
Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or office, and we'll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
You point and we haul your unwanted items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Make an appointment with us by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865). Junk King