Recycling for a Greener Tomorrow Today
Recycling is an easy and effective way that everyone, from families with kids to single professionals and the elderly, can contribute to the health of the environment. While it may seem like a small thing, recycling can have a huge impact on the amount of slow-to-degrade or non-biodegradable items that enter landfills, leach toxins into the soil, and even get into the water. Excess waste can harm wildlife and can even release gases and odors into the atmosphere.
To instill green habits in children, parents should begin teaching their kids about what can and cannot be recycled starting at an early age. Children should be taught to save items such as glass and plastic, which can be recycled and turned into new products or packaging. This reduces the energy consumption that would come from creating new glass or plastic items in addition to keeping those items out of the garbage and landfills. Kids should also be taught that most things can be reused or repurposed. A fun way to do this is through arts and crafts that give new life to old objects.
Reused or repurposed items can play a large part in anyone's home environment. In making home improvements, for example, one may use scrap wood for projects, search for and install antique doorknobs, or buy recycled rubber mulch. Fully or partially recycled versions of most things, from writing paper to furniture, are available for purchase. For a green home, one should make every effort to buy goods that are made from recycled items. People should also recycle or reuse water when possible. Gray water, which is water used around the house for purposes such as boiling eggs, can be used to water plants instead of being poured down the drain. Even the water used to wash dishes may be used in this manner if eco-friendly detergent is used. With a little effort and creativity, anyone can contribute to making the future greener.
- Green Tips: The East Peoria Green Team offers valuable green tips and facts for visitors to this page.
- Department of Solid Waste Management Links: Individuals who live Ocean County, New Jersey, should visit this page for a list of important links to waste and recycling websites.
- Additional Resources for Schools: On this page of the St. Louis City Recycles website, visitors are given a list of environmental links that are categorized by educational level.
- All About Recycling: People who live in St. Lawrence, Clinton, and Lewis counties in New York can find valuable information about acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling, locations of landfills and recycling facilities, waste collection, and more here.
- Home Improvement for Our Planet: Recycling and Landfill Facts: Useful and educational information on recycling and landfills can be found here.
- Take Action at Home, Repair Damage to the Environment: Learn more about how you can help the environment with these resources.
- Recycling Home Improvement Waste and Everyday Trash: If you live in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the information here can help you know what and how to recycle.
- Library and Resource Center: People who visit this page can review earth-friendly market stats and read about organic and recycled cotton.
- Recycled Art to Decorate the Home: Improvement Ideas and Craft Projects: Kids can find images of recycled art and information about recycling here.
- Recycle at Home, Repair the Planet: Learn about recycling and why it is important as well as how you can reuse items instead of disposing of them.
- Love it or List it: Are You Ready For a Home Improvement Project? Consider the potential costs of renovations when contemplating whether to fix up your home before selling it.
- Nokomis East Neighborhood Association Resources: On this page, site visitors will find the links to local businesses websites as well as government, transit, and reality sites.
- Local and Area Information: This page of the Signature Service Realty Group website features a list of resources including real estate and school information.
- Real Estate and Home Repair Resources: Individuals who are interested in real estate can find resources about federal and Texas regulations and relevant organizations here.
- Home Search: People who are in the market for a new home may search this page for homes that are available via Fannie Mae, auctions, and HUD.
- Home Improvement, Mortgage, Appraisal, and Real Estate Links: TLS Appraisal Service provides this page of real estate-related links to consumers looking to buy or fix up a house.
- Taking the Exam: Home Improvement Commission: Individuals who are planning to take the contractor examination in Maryland will find information about the number of questions and the minimum number of required correct responses to pass the exam on this page.
- Focusing on the Family: DIY: Learn about DIY projects you can take on with your family.
- Kitchen and Bath Design: Watch a video and then read about the Century College Kitchen and Bath program on this page.
- Blaisdell and Carr Bathroom Renovations: Students who stay in university housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can click this link to read about bathroom renovations at Blaisdell and Carr. The page also features a diagram of the bathrooms.
- USDA Rural Development: Read program/service notes for the USDA Rural Development agency by clicking on this link.
- NRP Home Improvement Loans and Grants: People who visit this page will find links to information on NRP home improvement programs.
- Nassau County Home Improvement Application: On this page, people who are interested in making home improvements in Nassau County will find the general instructions and fee schedule for the licensing application.
- Classes: Home Improvement: Students or prospective students of St. Louis Community College will find information on available home improvement classes on this page.
- Residential Remodeling and Design at Hennepin Technical College: For those who are interested in residential remodeling, this page features information on the program and associated careers.
- Attorney General's Consumer Guide to Home Improvement: Read a guide to home improvement from the attorney general of Massachusetts and know your rights during a major home renovation project.
- Construction and Remodeling: Madison College students who are interested in construction and remodeling will find a wealth of information on admission, curriculum, outcomes, and careers here.