More than half of your household waste can be recycled. Here are a few helpful hints and tips to make recycling more effective in your home.

How to recycle used cardboard and paper in your home.pointer-down

Fold used paper rather than scrunching it up and flatten used boxes. This will give you more room in your recycling bin.

Plastic bag recycling.pointer-down

In Manitoba, plastic bags are not an accepted material in your recycling bin. Fortunately, many retailers in Manitoba accept your used plastic bags. Remember, reduce your use of plastic bags, reuse “single use” bags for hold household garbage, pet waste and other items and finally, recycle the ones already in your home.

Please click here to see a list of local organizations that collect plastic bags. www.simplyrecycle.ca/wp/plastic-bags/return-your-plastic-bags-here

Fact: Plastic bags are primarily made from natural gas, so recycling this material allows this energy to be made into new products or recovered for its energy value.

What to do with your recyclables before you put them in the bin.pointer-down

Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You do not have to clean them out or remove their labels and lids. Just ensure they are empty first!

Plastic, glass and metal containers can be cleaned if you have the time. Doing so avoids contaminating other materials, reduces unpleasant odours and the development of mould and, generally, ensures sorting centre employees work in a healthier environment.

Paper recycling tips.pointer-down

Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are okay.

What to do if a product has several packaging components.pointer-down

When recycling, removing plastic trays from cookie boxes before placing them in the recycling bin is a great help for sorting operations. Recyclable materials are sorted either manually or through an automated system into various categories. By separating packaging made of different materials at home, you simplify the sorting process saving time and money for your local recycling operation.

Note that it is not necessary to remove the plastic window from envelopes or labels on tin cans. Also, lids on beverage containers can stay together as well.

Not sure if it’s recyclable?pointer-down

Don’t put anything in your recycling bin that your municipality hasn’t asked for – if you don’t know if it goes in, check with your municipality. If you put unwanted material out for recycling, it just takes a more costly route to the landfill. Click here for a quick and easy answers www.simplyrecycle.ca/wp/what-can-i-recycle.

Also, be sure to check for the triangle and number on the bottom of the item. That will tell you what kind of recyclable it is and if your municipality accepts it.

How to recycle food tins.pointer-down

Place the lids inside the tin.  If you can, squash the tin, then pop it into your recycle bin.

Old toys and clothes. pointer-down

Don’t throw away old toys and clothes. If they are in good condition, be sure to give them away to charity.

Recycle more in the kitchen.pointer-down

We are very good at recycling our cans, plastic drink bottles, glass bottles, paper and cardboard. Below is a list of other less frequently recycled items you may find in your kitchen that can also be recycled:

  1. Beverage cartons from milk, juice and soup
  2. Foods tins, sweet and biscuit tins
  3. Milk and yogurt bottles.
  4. Detergent and liquid soap bottles
  5. Tissue boxes
  6. Soap dispenser bottles
  7. Sauce and jam jars
  8. Vinegar and oil bottles
  9. Plastic disinfectant bottles
  10. Window cleaner bottles
  11. Paper towel and toilet paper rolls

Any plastic packaging or bottle marked with a recycling symbol usually on the bottom of the item can be placed into your household recycling bin. You can also check with your local municipality for a full list of recyclables they accept.

Recycling in other areas of the home.pointer-down

Remember don’t just recycle items from your kitchen. A lot of the materials you recycle in the kitchen can also be found in other rooms around the house; the living room, bedroom, bathroom and home office or study. Put an extra bin in your office, garage or bathroom. It will make recycling even easier!

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