How to Start Recycling at Home

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The reasons whhy you should recycle


Nowadays it’s becoming more and more mainstream to recycle the products that you have used. And that’s a good thing. More people are becoming aware of the harm they do when they don’t recycle and try to reuse and recycle the goods and products they use. You reading this means that you want to make this change in your life and start the recycling process. 

But not everything can be recycled. Most facilities have strict rules on what to recycle and how you should prepare your garbage before throwing it. That’s why Fantastic Cleaners are here to bring you the steps on how to start setting up a recycling program at home.


It’s way easier to start and keep recycling if you live by yourself. Having kids and in that matter family can be quite hard. However, if you’re stubborn enough everything is possible so it doesn’t hurt trying.

Before you start recycling you’ll need to set-up some things at home. But how can you start doing something without knowing what it is?

So let’s talk about the process of recycling!

What is recycling

Simply put, recycling is a process that creates new products from used ones. Although it sounds simple the process is quite hard and complicated. However, we are not going to get in the business of recycling, what we need to know what can and can’t be recycled. It’s important to know that not all of the stuff we throw out can be recycled. That’s why we should spend time every day sorting trash. Here is a quick list of what can and can’t be recycled:


Paper is one of the products that can be and should be recycled. It’s easy, efficient and you really have no excuse why not to recycle paper. Here are the types of paper that can be recycled.

  • Office paper and shredded paper
  • Books with soft covers (hardcovers must be ripped off)
  • Junk mail
  • Newspapers, Catalogues, Magazines
  • Cardboards from milk, coffee cups

But there are also some things that shouldn’t be recycled such as:

  • Napkins
  • Paper contaminated with bodily fluids
  • Wrapping and wax paper


Glass containers from the products we use can be found all around our homes. Because of that, you don’t have an excuse not to practice. Here are the different glass products you can recycle:

*It’s important to wash all food from the food jars! An item can’t be recycled if the object is dirty.

  • All bottles and jars
  • Food containers made of glass

We should tell that it’s impossible to recycle:

  • Ceramics
  • Window glass
  • Crystal
  • Mirrors and light bulbs


This is the third of the most common materials that we encounter in our homes.
What kind of plastic we can recycle:

  • Milk jugs, soap bottles, soda bottles, plastic cups
  • All plastics numbered from 1 to 7
  • Clean grocery bags

And here’s the plastic products we can’t and shouldn’t recycle:

  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic tableware and bags

If you want to go more in-depth in what can and can’t be recycled take a look at this list from the University of Buffalo.

How to start recycling at home?

Recycling bins

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When it comes to beginning a new habit you should always start with an open mind. You should be ready to accept some changes and prepare to give a bit of your time of the day to separate the products.

  1. Go to your local recycling drop-off center.
    It’s always a good idea to go to your local drop-off center and ask them what they recycle and what they don’t. That way you’ll better know what you should sort when it comes to doing recycling.
  2. Place bins over the house.
    It’s important to place bins in the rooms which you are likely to produce most garbage. In most homes this is going to be the kitchen. But rooms like the home office, bathroom and garages are also places where you produce houses.
    Recycling bins are pretty popular and can be found in most big retail companies like IKEA.
  3. Start building a habit.
    The best way to keep recycling is to never stop. Much like other things in life practice will ensure that you stay on course. Be prepared to spare a bit of your free time to sort the rubbish.
  4. Practice every day.
    It’s important to separate the trash daily. That way the activity will be easier to do and it will become a routine just like washing the dishes.

Make the Circle Complete

If you want to fully bring recycling into your life then make sure you support the industry fully. Here are some tips to complete the recycling circle:

Reuse different materials
It’s always great if you can come up with different uses of the daily objects that we use. That’s one way we can reuse the things that we instead throw away.

Buy recycled products
You should take a look at the products you buy. Nowadays almost every product has it’s recycled version.

Recycle stuff that can be recycled
Just like with clothes you don’t wear you can recycle stuff that we don’t use. Take a look at the stuff that you don’t use and see what can be recycled. Whatever can’t why not donate it?

Final thoughts

Saving our planet is quite important (like, very important). Recycling is something that we can do and should do. It’s easy, accessible and helps the community you live in and the planet be cleaner. What recycling tips you have? Share them with us!

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