As recycling becomes more and more popular, its something we all need to find room for in our homes. There are lots of different ways to store your recycling. The first thing to decide is if you are going to store your recyclables in the house, in a secondary area, like the garage, or both.
For me, I’ve always kept a small container in my kitchen, where I cook and “create” the recyclables and then I have a bigger container in my garage. Once a week, or more frequently as needed.
There are lots of specialty containers out there for recycling. While you can use just about any container, the important things to remember are as follows:
They should be easy to move around.
They should be easily cleaned. No matter how well you rinse your recyclables, they are going to get the containers a little grimy over time.
The containers should be marked so that any one in the household can use the system.
Its a good idea to print out a copy of your town’s recycling rules and post them where everyone in your family can see them. This way there is no question about what can and cannot be recycled.
A lot of towns can even recycle “white paper”, which is scrap paper, junk mail, catalogs, etc. Ask you town and if you can recycle this and if you can, create a bin that’s easy to get to and easy to empty. You will be shocked at how much paper your family recycles every week.
If your town picks up your recycling, make sure everyone knows how and when to bring it out to the curb. If you have to drop it off at a local center, create a schedule and make an appointment on your calendar.