Recycling is the best way to get rid of garbage in any case. Recycling is not at all complicated and can be carried out by any family living in any part of the world because it does not really cost you anything to get your garage taken care of in the best possible way. Here are however, some mistakes that many people could be doing unintentionally.
Are you separating correctly?
First get to know whether your recycling method is a single stream one or a double stream one. If so do you know what the difference really is? It is not as simple as having separate skip bins. In a single stream program paper, plastic, cardboard, metal and glass can be all put into the same container to be collected. But in the double stream the fibre part of your waste will have to be kept separately from plastic, metal or glass. Both of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages but what you need to do is correctly separate your waste as per the recycling method that you have to adopt.
Throwing in plastic bags with the recycled waste
A local recycler will not accept plastic bags that have been discarded. Therefore instead of throwing them away try to limit the usage of plastic bags, which is really the best method to help nature in the long run. There are also stores that accept any extra plastic bags that you have if they are given in conditions which are clean, dry and undamaged. This is one more healthy way of discarding plastic shopping bags.
Leaving the containers you throw with their lids on
Even though many plastics are not being made in an eco-friendly manner, lids are not of the same consistency and clearly indicate that they cannot be recycled. What you could do is buy cheap skip bins and collect all the lids in it which you can then dispose of safely. You also need to make sure that when you put in containers for recycling, they are very clean and dry. If not, they could attract bacteria and become contaminated. Even the glass bottles that you throw in for recycling, you will need to rinse them out correctly.
Throwing away glass that is not recyclable
You can recycle any glass that is transparent. But anything like ceramic, porcelain, pyrex or glass that is not see through, cannot be recycled. This is because these materials have a different formation and will have different chemicals as well as a completely different melting point as opposed to transparent glass. Therefore, do not throw them in for recycling, they will not be taken away.