Last week, we discussed why it’s probably a bad idea to throw something in your recycling bin when you’re not sure if it’s recyclable. (When in doubt, throw it out!)
But instead of getting rid of the trash that might be recyclable, here’s another idea: Create a bin for those items you aren’t so sure about. Today’s Parent came up with the simple idea and it’s an excellent way to prevent recyclable materials from entering our landfills if you’re unsure — or just feeling a little lazy about recycling. “That way you aren’t tempted to trash them improperly,” Today’s Parent writes.
Every year (or however long it takes for the bin to fill up), take time to go through the bin. Chances are that if you’re a little confused about some items’ recyclable value, these might require a visit to a drop-off location — think plastic bags, electronics, unused medications, paint, etc.
Since you might feel less inclined to recycle a single plastic big, you might feel differently and decide to visit a drop-off if you’ve collected a few dozen throughout the year.
Of course, you should be wary about items that may have come in contact with food or are otherwise soiled, so that they don’t contaminate the rest of your recyclables. And for those items you really have no clue about, do an online search for your local council’s rules.