Tips for recycling at home

  • Buy in bulk if you can.

  • Reuse plastic containers (drink bottles, plastic food containers) to store food and water.

  • Bring your own grocery bag when shopping.

  • Don't let the faucet run when brushing teeth or washing face.

  • Old clothes can be donated to the needy instead of being thrown away.

  • Reuse old newspapers for wrapping things up. This is especially useful if you want to store something for a period of time. Instead of buying paper for wrapping, use old newspaper instead.

  • Bring your own food container when buying food. This eliminates unnecessary packaging, especially when it comes to styrofoam.

  • Unwanted and old wooden furniture could be sold to a wood processing plant instead of thrown away. They would then process the furniture and it would be used for many beneficial things.

  • If you receive a lot of gift hampers that contain canned food during the holiday season, donate some to charity or food bank. It would be better if the food went to people who would really have a use for it rather than be shelved for a year until it is no longer good.

  • Donate some of your children's toys to charity if they no longer need it. This is better than just throwing those toys away.

  • Avoid Disposables - we pay a price for convenience: Use the real thing--cloth diapers, napkins, towels and handkerchiefs; rechargeable batteries, reusable plates, glasses and cutlery and other durable goods.

  • Share your newspapers, magazines and books. Recycling is good; reusing is even better!

  • Most supermarket shopping bags are made from a form of plastic that is not currently recycled in household quantities. You can assist in reducing the numbers of these bags in circulation by taking your own re-usable shopping bag with you to the supermarket or at least reduce the demand for other products of this type by re-using shopping bags as rubbish bags at home or work.

  • Use old toothbrushes to clean between bath ties, around faucets.

  • Use old curtains to make cushion covers. Or you can use them as rags.

  • Rather than buy new tapes, why not reuse some of the old ones. This not only saves you some money, but you'll also save space from having too many tapes.

  • If your eyesight gets worse, or the one that you have now is no longer in style, and you get yourself a new pair of glasses, donate the old one. They can be cleaned and made available to people who can use it.

  • Damaged CD's can be repaired, and repair or reuse is definitely a better environmental option than recycling. Small scratches can be fixed with toothpaste. Apply on the non-label side, and work your way out from the centre. If you don't like the CD, give it away.

  • These too can be donated to charity homes or they can be given away to appliance storeowners to be used as parts.

  • Batteries can't simply be thrown away because they are bad for the environment. For things that allow them (like remote controls, and digital cameras), use rechargeable batteries. They might cost a little more, but the amount of reuse that you get more than makes up for it.

  1. Malaysia Ministry of Housing and Local Government

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