A lot of the garbage in landfills is generated by the millions of households all over the world. It may seem that there is this never-ending flow of trash and waste. However, you are mistaken in that assumption. There are many ways for you and your family to reduce this flow of rubbish. Here are 8 reusing and recycling ideas to get you started.
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Reuse paper by using the empty sides for notes, calculations, ideas, and printing drafts. You can bind the scrap papers to keep them organized. Once enough paper has been used, you can send them to a recycling plant, or you can make your own recycled paper.
2. Biodegradable Waste
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A great way to recycle biodegradable garbage such as food and garden wastes is by starting a compost pit. Throw in your biodegradable wastes and watch them decompose into rich fertilizer for your plants.
3. Clothes and Toys
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Clothes and toys that are still in good condition can be donated to charity or given away to friends and relatives. You can also sell them in a garage sales or to thrift stores. You can join swap meets and exchange your old items for things that you can actually use.
4. Plastic Bottles and Aluminum/tin Cans
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There are many things you can do to reuse various food and drinks containers. You can use plastic bottles and aluminum/tin cans as pen organizers, make-shift piggy banks, and planters or seed starters.
5. Plastic Containers and Glass Jars
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These plastic containers and glass jars with resealable lids make for great food containers. You can also use them to store spices, candies, sugar, salt, and other food items. Aside from food items, you can also store hardware, crafting supplies, and many other things.
6. Cardboard Packaging
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Save cardboard product packaging and use them as gift or mail packaging. For bigger cardboard packaging, you can use them to store books, magazines, off-season clothes, and other household items. You can also recycle cardboard by throwing them into your compost pit.
7. Audio/Video CDs and DVDs
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For CDs and DVDs that are in good, working condition, you can donate them to charity or resell them to secondhand shops and thrift stores. You can also give them to relatives and friends who are interested. If the CDs and DVDs are badly scratched, then there are many crafty ideas that call for the use of these items.
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Your old furniture can be donated to charity or sold to secondhand stores. You can also give them away to friends and relatives who might need them. If you know how, you can reconstruct or reupholster old furniture into new pieces.
Obviously, you are not limited to these reusing and recycling ideas. There are still so many ways by which you can help in this crusade against waste. Look around your house and see what you can reuse or recycle. Open up your mind and let the ideas flow.
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