Are you a recycling hoarder? Do you have a stash of bottles, cans, containers, wood and more just hanging around waiting for a purposeful use? Do you have more compost made than your garden needs in a lifetime? Does your yard look like you just might possibly be a redneck? Why not try these tips for keeping recyclables tidy?
Save only what you can use or recycle promptly.
Otherwise, you’re just building your own landfill, rather than leaving the waste sorting to the professionals. They know how to deal with it in a sanitary manner. Many people don’t realize that their local waste facility usually sorts the trash from the recyclables before plowing it into the heap. Just ask. You might be surprised to find out that yours is one of them. If not….
Don’t let the recycle piles get so high.
While this may sound obvious, if you’re a recycling hoarder, you’re obviously in need of the reminder. Try making a point to choose a particular date each month to turn them in. Or, simply search for pick up services near you. Sure, they may charge you for the service. Still, it’s much cheaper than the fines imposed for turning your property into a trash heap. You’re trying to do the right thing. Why not also do it the right way?
Have a project in mind and in action.
Saving all your coffee cans, bottles and glass jars to make useful items? Don’t just toss them in a heap until you have more than you need. Instead, try turning them into the predetermined project you’re saving them for as they are used. Making a bottle tree? Make the form ahead of time. Color and add each bottle as it’s emptied. Saving coffee cans for planters? Make the planters and fill them with soil as soon as they’re empty. No more hoarding piles of pending projects.
How about that wood?
If you’re a homeowner, chances are, you have a pile of wood scraps you’re saving for future projects. After all, wood is expensive. Waste not, want not. Still, there’s no reason to become a wood hoarder. Why not sort the scraps from the truly useful? Scraps can be cut to fireplace, wood burning stove or fire-pit size. If you have no way to burn them, give them to someone who does. Sort and stack the rest according to size or project. Better yet, why not actually start working on the project you’re saving them for? What a concept!
Tackle your hoarded recyclables one pile at a time. Ask a friend for help in exchange for reaping the benefits. You can give them what you don’t need for their own projects, do a re-purposing project together or simply split the profits from the recyclables. Plus it’s a chance to spend time together.