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Every little bit helps when it comes to protecting the Earth’s resources. Here are some ideas for setting up a recycling center in your home.

Locate A Place for Your Recycling Center

It’s easier to develop consistent recycling habits if you make your system as convenient as possible and part of your daily routine. Choose a spot in or near the kitchen, which is where most waste is generated. Other locations include a corner of the laundry room or the hallway between the kitchen and garage.

Select Your Recycling Containers

The number and size of receptacles you will need depends on the types of items you plan to recycle. Common recycling categories include newspapers, glass, metal and plastic. Contact your local trash removal service or recycling center to learn what items they take.

Make It Easy

Make recycling a family affair. It’s easier to get people involved if they know what they’re supposed to do.

  • Decide who will be responsible for what recycling jobs.
  • Color-code, label or put pictures on recycling containers, so small children can help sort recyclables.
  • Post special instructions such as a list of what items can and can not be recycled.

Keep Your Recycling Center Free of Insects and Odor

Don’t give pests a reason to visit your recycling center. Rinse out food and beverage containers before placing them in receptacles. Dispose your recyclables by making a plan to either take them to a recycling center such as those available at your local supermarket, or have your trash removal service pick up your recyclables at least every two weeks.

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