5 Organizing Tips for Easy Recycling
Here are some simple ideas and resources to rein in your recyclables and to communicate to your family or co-workers what goes in which bin!
- Make It As Easy As Throwing It In the Garbage
- Bin/Basket Labels
- Martha Stewart Recycling Ideas
- Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler
At Emmet County Recycling we’re always striving to make recycling more convenient for you. You can make it convenient at home by aiming for recycling to be as simple as throwing things in the garbage anywhere in your home. “Wastebaskets” are standard equipment in most rooms; why not “recycling baskets”? And, like wastebaskets, they would be emptied into larger containers in the garage/basement/utility room/laundry room or outdoors. These photos are examples, in action in real homes and offices in northern Michigan…
Print out color coded labels for your Recycling Totes and Bins! With these colorful labels everyone will know at a glance what goes in the bin. They’re sized to fit neatly on Emmet County’s curbside totes and stackable recycling bins.
Set the page orientation to “landscape” for this size. If you’d like them smaller for use on wastebaskets, set the page orientation to “portrait.” To keep them looking neat longer, you may want to have them laminated after you cut them out. Copy shops provide this service for a couple dollars per page.
Thinking outside the bin… Here are some clever recycling storage ideas from Martha Stewart Living magazine. The images are from back in 2003, when you had to keep glass, plastic, and cans separate, but the ideas could easily be adapted to the new two-bin “Recycle More, Sort Less” system.
This nifty freestanding two-bin recycling station gives your recycling storage a streamlined appearance and the bins lift out with handles for easy emptying. Great for:
- staging recyclables in the kitchen
- small households
- small offices
- the break room at work