Plastic pollution is a huge problem facing our Earth, so let’s be part of the solution!
The convenience of plastic in our lifestyles is understandable, but it is the disposal of plastic that needs to be talked about. The simple task of opting for a recycle bin rather than a trash bin can help prevent this pollution. Here are some ways you can help tackle plastic pollution by reducing & recycling plastic and why it’s important!
The best place to start is at home. You’ll need to have separate containers for trash and recycling and know what goes where. Here’s a quick guide for plastics that can be recycled:
- All bottles, jars, and jugs
- Dairy product packaging such as butter or yogurt containers.
- Fruit or deli containers can also be recycled
- Bathroom items such as shampoo bottles, mouthwash bottles, and dental floss containers can be also be recycled
Once sorted, you can participate in your city’s recycling program and have it picked up. If your city doesn’t offer recycling pick up, you can always take your recyclables to a local recycling center.
If you’re out and about, keep an eye out for recycling bins. If you can’t find one, keep the recyclables in until you can get home and dispose of them properly. Plastics aren’t the only things you can recycle. For questions on other recyclables click here.
Making sure to recycle is not the only way you can prevent plastic pollution. You can reduce your plastic consumption by opting for reusable items such as;
- Refillable water bottles and travel mugs (just ask your 7-Eleven sales associate if you can fill up first!)
- Reusable containers for snacks or meals on the go, washable utensils too!
- Reusable shopping bags
Also, change up some activities!
- Dine in instead of taking out. This will reduce the amount of styrofoam, straws, plastic utensils and bags you use!
- Having a party or get together? Use real dishes! Using real dishes will cut down on your plastic usage for the evening. If your party is too large, make sure your recycle bin is clearly labeled for your guests.
Implementing some of these tips into your daily life can help reduce your plastic consumption and can help prevent plastic pollution. Help play your part to help make our oceans cleaner and the Earth greener!