Recycling at home in 5 easy steps
1. Change your mind set
Many of us have had a bad experience with recycling some where along the line, leaving us to think that recycling is hard, a mission or time consuming. When really it can be the difference between picking up the salt versus the pepper pot. If in place of one rubbish bin you have two, all it boils down to is shifting your focus to awareness and tossing that coke can in this bin over that.
2. Keep ’em separated
Find a spot in your kitchen for one large bin. It can even be where your old ‘all in one’ bin used to stand. We suggest making this your primary mixed recycling bin. Most recycling services separate the glass, cans, plastic and paper on site so collecting them integrated in one bag is often A-okay. If you plan on taking it down to a depot near you, you’ll find people working there willing to help you sort it.
If you have the space, by all means create a dedicated crate for glass, a bin for paper, one for cans and one for plastics. They’ll take longer to fill up though before you can dispose of them, which is why many opt for the all in one option. That being said, it’s a great way to teach your kids about recycling. Maybe you could make a tower of bin drawers?
Now all you need is a plastic shopping bag for your meat scraps and non recyclable materials like cling wrap (which if you’re conscientious about it, you can keep to a minimum when you buy veggies). This clever bin from Spirit Homewares does a great job and just so happens to be made of recycled plastic. Neat.
3. Give it a rinse
Think of the folks who take on the job of sorting all the recycling. A can of tuna becomes rather unpleasant after a long hot journey in the sun. Give it a quick rinse when you’re done with it and no food scraps are left to stink up your kitchen either. Same goes for the polystyrene that housed your rib-eye steak and that yoghurt container.
Your compostable food scraps should make their way into a nifty little counter top composter like one of these. They come with a filter to keep the unpleasant odours contained.
You’re paying for the whole fruit or vegetable, so you may as well make all of it work for you. Churning the kitchen scraps back into your garden not only provides great nutrients for your plants but also saves space in landfills. And if you’re thinking that the banana skin will decompose in the landfill, remember that it probably ends up in plastic with the rest of your rubbish. That’s how it ends up in the landfill, folks. In your garden however, and possibly with the help of a worm farm, it makes for some great plant love.
5. Build an Eco-brick
Thousands of shopping packets end up in landfills every year and can only be recycled a finite amount of times. Toothpaste tubes are not recyclable at all. So rather than disposing of them absentmindedly, learn how to build an eco-brick. These are then used literally as bricks to build schools in underprivileged areas. Plus the kids will love seeing how much they can stuff into their eco brick.
Check out our Yuppiechef Recycling page to find out where in your area you can find a recycling solution that works for you. We even have some nifty ideas on what to do with your Yuppiechef delivery box.
We hope you’ll be inspired to start recycling at home if you don’t already. Every little bit makes a difference somewhere, folks.