Recycling 101

Did you know that in most of the largest cities in the world it is an obligation to separate waste for recycling? So, accustomed or not, we have to do it. The objective is to bring each material to its end, which could be the burying, the recycling or reusing.

Only 5 basic tips below so that you can separate and recycle without regret:

1. Separate at home.
To deposit trash in appropriate containers, the simplest way is to separate waste at home. Place different bags or boxes to throw into all household waste and other recyclables. Each of these bags will be placed in the correct container intended to be trash or recycling.

It is very important to collect the waste in a sturdy plastic bag and tie it well. By the way, small bags from grocery store usually do not meet recycling rules.

2.  When to take out the trash.
Permitted hours depend on your area, but it is very clear that you should not take your trash, recycled materials or furniture and appliances to the street but three hours before the time of collection. Get informed on the internet or in your community center and avoid having streets full of things waiting for the wind blow them away.

3. Recyclable Products.

A. Plastic, metal and tetra-pack.
Use one of the bags to place plastic containers (such as from detergent, soda packages or shopping bags themselves), the metal (e.g. beer cans, tuna, aluminum trays) or those of tetra-pack type (such as milk or soup).

B. Cardboard and paper.
In a different bag you must place cartons (such as those from pre-frozen meals or cereals and egg cartons for example) and paper (newspapers, newsletters, magazines).

C. Glass.
Any glass, whether vases, bottles, jam jars or bottles, should be placed in a separate bag to be deposited in the containers but must be separated and bag strapped to avoid accidents in recycling facilities.

4. Everything in its own place.
Organic waste (food scraps, mainly) are placed in closed bags, which you can bring to ordinary containers, usually dark green. Unless you are using it to compost.

Recyclables must be deposited in the blue plastic containers, either loose or in recyclable bags. Try to smash the boxes so that they don’t occupy half of the container.

5. Beware of hazardous waste!
Waste with contaminant capacity cannot be thrown with the rest of the waste. For example:

A: Electronics (computers that are no longer used, old printers, appliances, etc...)
B. Paints and varnishes.
C. Batteries or old metals.
Many community centers or "eco-centers" can receive this kind of waste, especially during spring cleaning campaigns.

Start little by little and soon it will become a usual thing like cleaning your teeth!