Household waste and disposable items make up a large amount of the local landfill waste that continues to grow every year. There is a great amount of plastic that pollutes the world's lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans, so any amount of recycling can help to reduce this along with other types of waste pollution. Here are some recommendations to help you choose waste management solutions.
Minimize Your Household Waste
When you consider all the trash and garbage that your household produces each week with the city's curbside pickup, there are many ways you can use in your home to recycle and reuse. Check into your local waste management company to find out if recycling pickup is available or ask if you can request for it to be implemented. Sometimes cities will look at adding a recycling pick up if there is enough local participation. Local recycling can include recycling items made of glass, plastic, paper, or styrofoam, which all help to reduce how much waste your household puts into the local landfill.
Next, when you clean out your home and collect items for disposal, look to see which items you can donate to a local charity. Many local charities will accept reusable donations in good condition, and some will even pick them up from you, especially for large items, such as furniture. Or, just place the items at the curb of your property with a "free" sign posted on them and they may find a home quickly.
Use Yard Recycling Methods
There is also a great amount of yard waste that you can recycle in your backyard. Look for as many organic materials that you would otherwise bag up and put in your waste collection bin and recycle them instead. Leaves, trimmed vegetation, and lawn clippings can all be composted in a compost bin within your yard, which can be used as a compost mulch for more nutrients added back into your yard's soil.
To recycle branches and twigs in your yard, rent a mulched or wood chipper, which will turn it into wood chips, which you can layer on as a mulch ground covering. You can also collect kitchen scraps of vegetable and fruit peelings and seeds, grains, crushed eggshells, paper wrappers, rice, coffee grounds, and anything not containing meat, bones, animal fats, oil, or dairy products can be layered into an outside compost bin. Layer this with shredded leaves, pine straw, wood chips, and lawn clippings for a resulting rich dark compost.