By now most people have recognized the importance of recycling. It doesn't help properties for sale from being getting sold or help you further your career, but it does help ensure that there will actually be some resources left for our children and our children's children. If you're new to the home recycling game and are feeling left behind, this article will help you get up to speed and start participating in this important program.

Home recycling is now easier than ever. Almost all municipalities have some sort of curbside recycling program that makes it easy for residents to turn in their recyclables for processing. No more searching the yellow pages and trekking out to the edge of town from your home to turn in your recyclables. Different towns recycle different things and have different curbside rules, so contact your local waste management department for details.

Figuring out what can be recycled is also a lot easier nowadays because almost everything is recyclable. Simply inspect the package for the recycling symbol - three arrows arranged in a circle - to find out if it's recyclable. You will also see a number inside the symbol indicating what type of recyclable it is. Some types can be picked up curbside in a designated box. Toronto isn't able to recycle some types of plastic for example, so check your list to be sure.

There are three main types of recyclables, so your trash should be separated into four parts. Set aside one blue bag for paper products such as magazines, newspapers, and cardboard. Another blue bag will be for plastics and metals such as beverage containers and packaging. A clear or black bag is for non-recyclable garbage, while a green bin you can empty into a larger bin in the yard of your compostable organics such as food waste and dryer lint.

In addition to your common waste, your municipality will also require to recycle hazardous materials such as old paint, batteries, defunct electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, and chemicals. You will have to bring them to the proper depot for reclaiming or proper disposal. Never throw them away or pour them down the drain. You can also do your part by taking your old clothing, cloth diapers, functioning electronics, and household products to a thrift store for resale instead of simply throwing them away.

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