How to Recycle Properly at Home: From Plastic Item to Paper Products

14 May 2022
How to Recycle Properly at Home

Recycling at home is quick and easy, and it has several advantages for the individual doing the recycling as well as the environment as a whole.


If we want to leave our planet to the next generation, we must practice recycling if we are to do it responsibly. Our efforts help the environment since we're creating new things out of unwanted materials. The first step in recycling is to do it at your own house. Recycling is the act of reusing rather than the act of discarding previously used materials.


There are three parts to recycling: reducing trash, reusing it, and recycling it again. There are many ways in which we've been unresponsible in our treatment of the Earth up to this point, and it's time for us to rethink how we conduct ourselves and how we think about the planet.


Recycling process at home

Decluttering and organizing your house may be done in an eco-friendly manner and there are a number of practical and creative solutions for recycling at home or giving old goods new life. Indeed, your house is likely to be an enormous repository of the stuff that may be used, repurposed, or recycled. Change your attitude on throwing things away and you'll find yourself looking at common items in a new light.


Plastic bottles

Probably, the most common plastic waste that we could see at home is plastic bottles and the essential part of recycling basics for plastic bottles at home is to get familiarized with the chasing arrow symbols indicated on them.


Despite the well-known "chasing arrows" sign we see on plastic containers and items, it does not imply that the object is a recyclable material or can be used as a recycling container. In fact, the little number within the triangle reveals the truth.


One to seven numbers may be found in each of the pursuing triangle arrows. Not all plastics are recyclable or even reusable, which is why manufacturers include a number on the packaging to indicate the kind of plastic used. To tell the truth, numerous things made of plastic cannot be degraded or recycled.


Plastics may be more easily purchased and recycled if you know the seven plastic codes:


#1 - PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Mostly found in water bottles, jars, and caps. There is just only one usage for a bottle marked with the 1 symbol (PET or PETE). Toxins are released into your water when oxygen or heat from the sun is cooled.


#2 - HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)

Mostly found in shampoo bottles and grocery bags. Many uses are possible for high-density polyethylene bottles, provided they are cleaned and disinfected correctly after each use.


#3 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Mostly found in cleaning products and sheetings. Water bottles with 3 (PVC) should be avoided since they may release chemicals, harm your food, and pose a major health hazard. It's also better if you can segregate it as your household hazardous waste.


#4 – LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)

Mostly found in bread bags and plastic films. Many uses are possible for low-density polyethylene bottles, provided they are cleaned and disinfected correctly after each use.


#5 – PP (Polypropylene)

Mostly found in yogurt cups, straws, and hangers. Many uses are possible for polypropylene bottles, provided they are cleaned and disinfected correctly after each use.


#6 – PS (Polystyrene)

Mostly found in take-aways and hard packaging as well as toys. Unfortunately, there aren't many places where you can recycle polystyrene. The chemical styrene, which may be carcinogenic to humans, may seep from polystyrene and end up in food, especially when heated in a microwave. Polystyrene's chemical composition has been related to adverse effects on human health and reproductive system function.


#7 – Other (BPA, Polycarbonate, and LEXAN)

Mostly found in baby bottles, nylon, and CDs. Water bottles with 7 (PC) should be avoided since they may release chemicals, harm your food, and pose a major health hazard.


Recycle correctly using this guide from Lumina Homes.

Recycle correctly using this guide from Lumina Homes.

Plastic bags

When you're cutting down on all your plastic usage, don't use plastic bags at all. It's an easy move to bring your own bags to the grocery store and farmer's market once you get used to it. It isn't uncommon, though, for the local public market to use them but there are methods to recycle or repurpose them at home.


You may save money by not using plastic bin liners and instead of lining your wastebaskets. You can also recycle plastic bags by storing or sending delicate objects using them. Take them to the recycling bin or recycling programs at stores and on the street.


Aluminum Foil

Using aluminum foil in creative ways is easy. You should only use it if it is spotless and devoid of any food waste or remnants. You can use aluminum foil as a reflector, utensil sharpener, jewelry cleaner, and dryer ball.


CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes

Did you finally convert all your old home videos to digital? Here are a few creative ideas for keeping them out of the garbage:

  • Make a wall or ceiling decoration out of CDs by arranging them in a pattern.

  • Use CDs to make a clever scarecrow. The reflected light will deter birds and other daylight creatures from your garden. Crows won't be able to get to any food you leave out for your outside pet if they see this.


Junk Mail & Envelopes

Excellent condition reply envelopes may be used to send your own letter. Use your own return address labels to hide any logos or other identifying information from the recipient. Seeds may be stored in discarded envelopes and drill dust is caught by taping them to drills. Organic mulch can also be made from shredded envelopes.


Wine Corks

Do you have a collection of wine corks? Their only aim is to be repurposed into something new and exciting. Wine corks may be used to build trivets for your notice board. Bottles of homemade sauces, oils, and preserves are also all the better by using these corks! On top of that, drainage may be improved by placing wine corks in garden pots.


Recycling facilities in a community

Although recycling program and recycling bins are now getting customary in public places, you might observe that it is still not that pretty common to see a local recycling center in a community.


Waste management can be a challenging problem in the absence of recycling centers. So make sure that in choosing a community provider for your family, it is equipped with a local recycling center like Lumina Homes.


Whether you want to recycle plastics, glass bottles, plastic straws, plastic wrap, and other recyclables, you can do it efficiently with Lumina Homes eco-facilities and proper waste segregation and collection.


These recycled materials are then repurposed to make compost fertilizer or recycle plastic waste into plastic chairs through the help of Villar SIPAG Foundation and NGOs.


Be part now of this sustainable community and contribute in reducing waste to our environment! Hurry and make your home reservations now!

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