Recycling is a cliché in the world at this time. Many people talk about recycling but only a few practice it. To some of those who practice recycling it is just a way of disposing waste in order to save money irrespective of what, how and why the substance is being recycled.

I usually thought the process of practicing recycling at home and office was well understood until we had a client who wanted to practice recycling at their office. Let us call the client Afia and Daughters Company Limited. This company made us aware in the beginning of our work with them that they were aware of how to recycle since they had practiced it earlier years ago.

Beknown to us, they had missed their steps or the earlier service supplier did not take them through the process properly. I might be wrong.

In this article I want to take you through the 3 ways to start recycling at home.

Know what to throw away:

Most people are eager to recycle without knowing what exactly they want to recycle. The first step is to know what you can recycle. These are some items that can be recycled:

  • Cardboard and Paper (Flattened cardboard, newspapers, magazines, office paper and books)
  • Plastic Bottles and Jug (Food and liquid containers)
  • Metal Cans (Beverage and food can)

Empty. Clean. Dry :

After you get to know what you want to throw away, you have to empty it first. People just get the items that they want to throw away with food substances which contaminate the material. When the item is emptied, it has to be cleaned because the unwanted substances in it can still contaminate it. After emptying and cleaning it, one has to make sure that the container is dried so that contaminants would not be formed out of it.

Don’t bag it:

This step may sound counterintuitive but it is advisable not to bag it. The reason is to allow air to flow through the recyclable items to keep it dry. People often put them in rubber bags which prevents them from getting air to flow through hence they grow mold and other contaminants that can reduce the purity when recycled.

The actionable steps shared above when you are starting recycling is a good way to start generally. Wherever you are, these steps apply. We hope you put it into practice in order to enjoy recycling. The key to doing that is being consistent. You remember the client I mentioned earlier, Afia and Daughters Company Limited; they are now on a good path to making their recycling efficient and rewarding