Going Green Step 3: Recycle

recycleRecycling can benefit your community and the environment. By collecting materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash so they can be processed and made into new products you’re taking one more step toward going green. Thankfully, the city of Ocala has finally provided recycling containers for curbside pickup which makes this a much easier process.

Recycle metals: aluminum, steel, including hangers, and aerosol cans, but not spray paint cans. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power the TV for 2 hours?
Recycle paper: newspaper, mail, computer paper, and cardboard
Recycle plastic: plastic bags, plastic bottles, and lots of plastic containers. Check the bottom for the number to determine if it can be recycled.
Recycle glass: blue, brown, green, and clear.
Recycle electronics: cell phones, computers, video games and consoles, MP3 players, ink jet cartridges, and televisions. This is a little more difficult but there are websites that provide information about where these items can be taken.
Recycle hazardous materials:  paint, chemicals, batteries, pesticides, pool chemicals, and CFLs (you know, those crazy looking energy efficient light bulbs).

I know this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what items can be recycled. In fact according to the iRecycle website,their app helps users

find local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.


You read that right…1,500,000 ways to recycle 350 items. I’ve downloaded  iRecycle for Apple devices. There’s also an iRecycle

for Android devices.

Going green by reducing, reusing, and recycling is a part of your life already, but go the extra mile. Determine one new thing to do this year. (We’re composting thanks to a garage sale bargain!) Small changes by many can make a big difference!



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