Plastics of all shapes and sizes are found at home. They are used as packaging products we use in our homes. They range from washing detergents, sodas, juice, milk, snacks, medicine, and many others. Recycling of the plastic products helps our environment and the ecosystem around us. Plastics tend to be harmful to our environment if not recycled or dumped the right way. Plastics that are not recycled and dumped irregularly tend to block the drainage, pollute rivers and oceans. Most plastics are not biodegradable.
Did you know that there are ways of recycling plastics at home? There are some easy ways of recycling them yourself. Plastic accounted for less than 20% of the millions of waste generated in the world last year. This adds up to millions of tons of plastic. Plastics take a lot of years to break down. A large number of plastics used around the world are eventually dumped in large landfills. You can make the world a better place by being an advocate for recycling plastics at home.
Here are some ways you can follow at home to recycle plastics;
- Sign up with a recycling company
You can check for local companies who collect plastics from homeowners or bulk users. All you need to do is set aside a quarantine area in your home. You can dedicate a small space in your kitchen or balcony to stock up plastic products that you have used.
All you need to next is to avail yourself on certain weekly intervals to deliver or hand over the plastics you have been collecting. You can earn some money from this.
- Store dry food in large plastic jars
You must have a few plastic jars that came with the biscuits you purchased at the supermarket. Once you have finished your biscuits, you can use the jars. Use them for rice, maize meal or sugar.
- Grow plants in buckets and bottles
You can plant the flowers you desire in your backyard or patio. You need a bucket with a hole in it or empty soda bottles. No need to buy a flower pot if you have them. This will beautify your home.
- Make toys for children
There are many ideas on the internet on how to convert a plastic bottle to a toy. Use such resources to make life fun for your children.
- Irrigation of plants
Do you have a backyard or patio with plants? You can convert plastic bottles to act as irrigation systems by poking holes in them and placing them on the plants. This will make your plants flourish.
Now you know how to recycle plastics at home, have fun with this knowledge.