Calgary Recycling Tips that You Can Use Daily

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 9:01pm.

Turn today's wastes into tomorrow's valuable resources with daily recycling. Materials such as paper, plastics and metal can be collected and then separated for later use. They are sent off to a recycling facility that helps keep our planet safe and secure for future generations to come.

Simple everyday recycling tips:

  • Try using do-it-yourself home cleaners such as vinegar or baking soda and water. Not only are the standard cleaners that you can purchase in the supermarket harsh and toxic to the environment but every time you purchase them you are also buying plastic containers.
  • Use a canvas bag to carry your groceries. At the checkout, say "no" when you're asked whether you need plastic bags or not.
  • Use paper towels, tissues and toilet paper that haven't been dyed. The dyed products harm the environment.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Maintain your water use by repairing any drips or leaks around your home as soon as you see them. You'd be surprised to find out just how much water can be wasted with a simple dripping tap.
  • Compost the grass clippings left behind by your lawn more or leave them on your lawn.
  • Share the books, magazines and even the newspapers you read. If both you and your neighbor get a daily newspaper delivered to your door, you may want to get together and share one subscription. One person could be reading the paper in the morning while another takes in the news in the evening.
  • Participate in all recycling efforts that are run by the city. If your community has a pickup for curbside recycled materials, make sure that recycling becomes a day-to-day activity that all family members participate in.

There are other specialized recycling efforts that you'll get want to get involved with as well. For example, every year you can recycle your Christmas tree and when you bring back your tree you'll be given a certificate for a new sapling that you can plant. This way you can give back to the earth what you took from it.

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