Everyone knows it's better to recycle an item than to throw it away. It helps the environment and recycling  can help to reduce domestic waste that would otherwise be buried in landfills. However, while we know these facts and all the benefits, there are millions of homes that still do not recycle. Most people do not because it's either inconvenient or messy, but recycling does not have to be a hassle for your family. There are a variety of ways to make home recycling easy, and all it takes is changing a few small habits and attitudes, and home recycling can become easy for your family too.

  • Contact your home trash collection service's recycling program. Most cities offer a free curbside service that makes it convenient to recycle!
  • Place recycling bins next to your garbage can. This will make it easier to recycle if you have all waste containers in the same area.
  • Designate separate bins for plastic and newspapers. Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree!
  • Give preference to products made from recycled content. Whenever possible, use products made from recycled plastic. Look for those labeled “made with recycled content” and  “made with post-consumer recycled content,” which are made with materials that have actually been used, rather than with manufacturing waste that never reached consumers.
  • Know what you can and can't recycle. Read up on the recycling rules for your area and make sure you don't send anything in that can't be processed. Always check with your local municipality or waste hauler to see what kind of recycling services are available in your area. Click here to find a recycling center near you.

In addition to the everyday items like paper, plastic and cardboard, there are many more household items that can be recycled. From CD’s to motor oil and old computers, there is a way to keep them out of the landfill. Visit this website to learn more about numerous items that can be recycled.