Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Recycling is the process of turning used waste materials into new products. This prevents potentially useful materials from being wasted as well as reducing energy use and pollution. If the U.S. recycling levels can reach 75% it will be the environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year and it will generate 1.5 million new jobs. Improving and increasing recycling is one of the greatest opportunities for our environment, our natural resources, and our economy. Are you in need of a recycling bin? Here, do it yourself..

What you’ll need

Empty box, gift wrap/cloth, stapler, packing tape, scissors and a trash bag

Step 1– Cut off the flaps of the box and set them aside to use later

Step 2– Measure the paper or cloth you’ll need to cover the sides and the bottom of the box, add two inches on each side.

Step 3– Place each side of the box onto the paper or cloth leaving out two inches on each side. Fold the two inches of extra paper or cloth neatly and secure it with the tape or a stapler or some glue.

Step 4– Take both longer flaps of the box and cover them in paper or cloth securing it with tape.

Step 5– Line your bin with a trash bag and place the wrapped longer flaps at the bottom of the bin so the nice side shows.

Step 6– Take both shorter flaps and place one on top of the other using the longer side and mend the two together with packing tape to ensure the two pieces are slightly secured together.

Step 7– Fasten the cardboard into your bin to create a divider and two compartments

What to recycle

After setting up your recycle bin and decorating it the way you like, use the chart below to help you understand what to recycle and what not to recycle. Also, be sure to rinse the items out before throwing them into the recycling bin.

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Sources:

“WHAT IS PROJECT SUNLIGHT?” Project Sunlight. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014.

“Fun Recycling Facts for Kids – Plastic, Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Recycled Waste.” Fun Recycling Facts for Kids – Plastic, Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Recycled Waste. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014.

“Recycling Facts.” Recycle Across America. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014

 

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