This post is brought to you by Rubbermaid and The Home Depot.
Happy National Recycling Day! Seriously, it’s a real holiday, I’m not just making it up. Because, you know I love any reason to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to shine a light on this unusual holiday and talk about some ways that we can all work together to make this world a healthier and happier globe to live on!
There are lots of approaches to take in beginning or improving your recycling system and the folks at Rubbermaid and The Home Depot have teamed up to make this so much easier for us – and more attractive! And, let’s face it, we’re all swamped enough. If I can’t get in, get out, and get on with it, I don’t know that I have room in my schedule to squeeze in much more and I’m working hard to keep my house looking pretty so anything that helps with that is awesome too! That’s why I like that HomeDepot.com carries so many options. It is a convenient place to shop for all of your recycling needs and I like the value of the Rubbermaid recycling products because they are flexible, dependable, long lasting and smart. Hooray!
So, how do you get started? First, let’s decide on your recycling personality and the solution that will make recycling easy for you:
OUT OF SIGHT
Do you cringe when you see recyclables piling up on the counter or a trash bin sitting out in plain view? Do you like clean counters and closed doors? If you answered yes to both then you are most likely an Out of Sight (but not Out of Mind Recycler) The Hidden Recycler is the ultimate product for you. It attaches to the inside of a cabinet door to collect recyclables out of sight and keeps your counters clear. The bag is durable, machine washable, and is made of recycled material. Collect your recyclables and simply take them out to your recycle bin.
Do you like your recycling and trash in one place so it’s easy to remember? Then you are an Easy Breezy Recycler and the 2-in-1 Recycler is for you! It contains trash and recyclables all in one location. The top bin is perfect for collecting recyclables and the fold away handle allows you to take them out to your bin with ease. The lower bin tilts out and holds an 8 gallon trash bag in place with the Liner Lock™ system so it doesn’t’ slip into the can. Stash your trash in the lower bin while you collect recyclables up top. The sleek design blends well into your kitchen décor.
Do you need to sort your recyclables by their material type? Do you like to keep trash and recycling separate to distinguished what is what? If yes, then you are a Detail Oriented Recycler! Sort recyclables in this two-unit bin. The top bin has a fold away handle that allows you to take it out with ease. The lower bin tilts out and can sort another type of recyclable in the bin before you carry it out with the handles. The sleek design blends well into your kitchen décor.
OUT OF THE HOME
Do you have no space to sort your recyclable inside? Does keeping recyclables inside make you go “yuck”? Then you are an Out of the Home Recycler. The Stackable Recyclers are the perfect solution for storing recyclables outside or in the garage. 3 sizes can be stacked and interchanged to suit your sorting needs. The flip door makes unloading recyclables a breeze. Stickers allow you to customize your bin so you can see if you are sorting glass, paper, plastic, etc. The hood snaps to the base securely so you can transport your recyclables to a facility if necessary.
Now that you know your recycling “type” and you’ve seen these great containers, let’s talk about how to get started doing your part for the environment without creating chaos in your home.
How to get started
Look at your municipalities’ website to find out what materials can be recycled. It should also let you know if you need to sort your recyclables or not. Keep a list on the fridge or even on garbage cans to remind members of your household what types of materials can be recycled.
Add bins where recyclables collect
Place a bin in your kitchen to hold all your recyclables before you take them outside. This will make it easier to remember to recycle, you won’t have recyclables cluttering your counter space, and you’ll make fewer trips outside. A 2-in-1 Recycler can be used to hold trash and recycling or to sort recyclables if needed. Keep small bins in your home office, children’s room, and kitchen. Label each bin with words and images so even small children can take part in recycling from an early age.
To prevent mold and pests, rinse jars, bottle, cans and plastic containers before placing them in recycling bins. Fold cardboard down and crush paper egg cartons to save space. Regularly rinse out recycling bins with soap and water, especially the smaller bins you keep inside.
Where to keep your recycling bins
Keep outdoor recycling bins in a visible and easily accessible spot, like by the entrance to your garage or in a covered area in your backyard. Rubbermaid has Stackable Recyclers that work together to take up less space in your garage or backyard.
Do your part
Now just bring your recycling bins out to the curb each week. The lightweight design and easy grip handles make doing your part for the environment a cinch.
If you live in a community that does not offer recycling pick-up, you can still recycle! Recycling facilities accept drop-offs. If you don’t have recycling pickup, follow these steps:
- Find your closest recycling facility
- Find out what they will recycle
- Determine how many sorting bins you need and how large the bins need to be based on your waste/consumption habits
- The Stackable Recycler offers three bin sizes that can be stacked in your garage or outside. The bins are extra durable and the tops snap down on the bases securely so you can transport them to a recycling facility
- Clearly label each bin with what material should be recycled so everyone in your household is aware
- Create a drop-off schedule so you regularly take your filled bins to a recycling facility
Here’s one more look at the great styling and functionality of the new bins:
I hope you’ll head over to HomeDepot.com and check out their great assortment of Rubbermaid® Recycling bins. They have a handy selection of blue containers in stores but there is an even bigger assortment of Rubbermaid® Recycling bins, including all the ones you see here, available on homedepot.com with 44 different products to choose from!
If you already recycle or have been thinking about getting started, I hope these tips and ideas will help you! Together we can absolutely make a difference and thanks to Rubbermaid and Home Depot, we can do it simply and with style!
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