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Green Families: 5 Ways Your Family Can Help With Recycling in Your Community

In the 21st century, there are movements all over the world to become eco-friendly and help the environment. Recycling is a fantastic way to join even if you are just an ordinary family. By recycling, you can make money and protect the earth simultaneously.

Cans and bottles

Recycling cans and bottles is what many people think of when the word recycling comes to mind. Most states offer a five cent reward for turning in a regular can or bottle. In some states, this reward can increase up to ten cents. Remember to empty all the liquid from the can and smash it into a flat object. This allows workers to squash these containers together.

Paper and newspapers

Recycling paper and newspapers is another great way to help. Paper is one of the most compostable and reusable materials on this earth. After every day, throw the newspaper into a pile and let it accumulate. At the end of the month, bundle up the newspaper and turn it in to your local recycler. By bundling it tightly, you make it easier for workers to carry the heavy load around and throw it into the machine.


Recycling cans is a terrific start, and recycling the plastic rings on six packs is even better. Recycling centers are able to mold this plastic and transform it into something usable.

Bins and containers

Recycling individual items can be a burden. Instead, look toward bins and containers that can carry large amounts of recyclable objects. Businesses such as Cheaper Bin Hire provide inexpensive bins for recycling and other eco-friendly purposes. Set these bins up along your street, which allows friends and neighbors to contribute to the cause. If you accumulate a massive amount of recyclables, companies will recognize you for your hard efforts.


Recycling centers can frequently use help with transportation and lifting. Contrary to popular belief, this does not always imply heavy manual labor. Recycling takes thorough logistics at each step, so centers are often looking for individuals who can catalogue and categorize items that they encounter. Volunteering your time gives back to the community and makes your neighborhood a more generous place.

Recycling is a multi-stage process, but with everybody’s work, it can be expedited significantly. Recycling on your own and helping others join the movement makes you feel good and the earth feel good. It is the first step toward a healthier environment.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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