Guide for the Home


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Take a look in the trash.

What’s in your garbage? Are things you normally throw away recyclable by the VCRS? If you do not know check out What to Recycle. The list shows what the VCRS accepts and how you should bundle them up, and some tips on do’s and don’ts. Before you consider recycling, consider pre-cycling. It is a simple concept about not buying products whose packaging has to be thrown away. So try to buy products that are in packages that can be recycled or reused.

Take it easy.

If you are just getting started don’t try to recycle too many things. Start with a manageable system and get the whole household involved. Recycling works best if it’s a ‘family’ effort, so make sure everyone feels it’s their program too. For example, get your kids to decorate cardboard boxes for storage bins; and ask them to suggest convenient places to store the bins.

Storage plan.

Decide what things you can easily recycle and how often you want to go to the VCRS recycling center. This will help you figure out how much storage space you need. Be realistic about your schedule, don’t expect too much right away. After awhile recycling will become a part of your daily life and you’ll be doing it without thinking about it.

Figure out a convenient place or places to keep the recyclable items. It could be a garage, under the sink, the back porch, a closet, or the basement. Wherever is handy for you. You don’t have to store all the items in one place, but keep the storage spot for each item consistent so everyone in the house knows where things go. It is a good idea to label the storage containers. For those with limited space the 2-step approach may be necessary – that is keep small containers inside the house, empty them when necessary into a larger containers outside.

Some apartment renters get together with everyone in the building to have a community storage area. Storage containers can be anything that works for you. You may consider the space as priority, or you may consider aesthetics more important. The containers can be something as simple as a couple paper bags, or as elaborate as plastic stacking bins. The containers should be easily replaceable, like cardboard boxes, or washable. If you store recyclable items in recyclable boxes and bags then the job gets even easier because you can just bring everything to the recycling center and leave it. Containers with handles or straps are nice and make it easier for carrying, and make sure the containers fit into your car or truck.

It is a good idea to store heavier recyclable items, like newspapers, in smaller containers so they are easily transported. Storing recyclables isn’t a lot different than storing tools or supplies. Some container ideas – sturdy cardboard boxes, empty milk crates, plastic laundry baskets, plastic trash cans or store bought recycling storage units.

A quick re-cap:

    • Keep it simple
    • Pre-cycle when you shop
    • Get the whole household involved
    • Figure out a storage plan that works for you
    • Use bins and boxes that can be easily transported

See also Recycling Guide for your Business.