Recycling at Home: What can I do at home?
- Kitchen Containers
Recycling kitchen storage containers is a good idea. Wash them by filling bags three quarters full with hot water, add a squirt of dishwashing detergent, close tightly, and shake, shake, shake. Rinse thoroughly, then wipe or allow to air dry.
If raw meat, fish, or poultry has been stored in a bag, it should be reused for nonfood items only, even after washing.
- Wrap it up
Rediscover the artful interest of newspaper and recycle it, turning it into giftwrap. We gussied ours up with some fanciful sticky edging and pretty rayon ribbon.
When travelling abroad, collect newspapers, magazines, candy and gum wrappers, and any other graphic imagery that strikes your fancy. Bring a big envelope to gather it all in.
The stylish designs and foreign typefaces will look great used in giftwrapping, tags, and collaged cards.
Oversized letters and interesting pictures in black and white newsprint create focal points and patterns.
- Re-use Bottles
Bring your own bottles and food containers when you take away soya milk, sugar cane or food. This helps eliminate the need for new containers. You could also re-use mineral water containers or soft drink bottles to store drinking water.
Ice cream and other food containers can be used to store cakes, keys, small toys and others.
Beautiful and colourful alcohol bottles can be reused as vases.
- Get Your Family In On The Act
The best way to ensure that your recycling programme at home is successful is to get everyone involved.
Get your kids on the act, or your housemates, or your parents. Get your neighbours in on it too if you can. The more the merrier.
Show them the benefits of recycling and how it'll help the environment. Once they know the immediate benefits, they will be more than happy to pitch in
- Empty milk and drink cartons can also be reused creatively in a number of ways around the house and garden. For example, you can use cartons:
- for growing seedlings
- as tree guards
- as pencil holders
- for craft activities
- Bring your own bags when shopping. This eliminates the need for plastic bags.
- Empty plastic liners from cereal boxes make good freezer bags or wax paper. Use for lunch bags also.
- Use both sides of printer paper, whether it is to run through the printer again, or other purposes.
- Save and Recycle Plastic Peanuts (those Styrofoam pieces that come in packages sent in the mail). Use them at the bottom of planting containers instead of rocks or gravel for water drainage.
- Malaysia Ministry of Housing and Local Government
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