Home Recycling Storage Bins
Recycle bin - this is a must have item for anyone going green. Reduce, reuse, & recycle with recycling bins. Going green? Need at home recycling bins? Recycling containers for in the kitchen and often, for in the garage can get you started. Place a recycling bin next to the 13 gallon kitchen trash cans for easy collecting. When it gets full, take the recycling bin out to the garage where you store all of your recycling bins. Sort the items into your at home recycling bins. Make sure to have recycling containers for glass & paper - if your city requires them to be separated for pick up. Go greener with reusable food storage containers like reusable plastic pitchers & measurements bottles instead of disposable. Get not just one recycle bin, but get multiple recycling bins to make the storage easier with stackable at home recycling bins.
Recycle Bin Storage for at Home Recycling Bins
A recycle bin is a step to going green. Recycling bins are a must in today's world. Setting up your at home recycling bins is easy. Recycling containers are often stackable. You can also get a combo trash can and recycling bin for a space saving way to go green in the kitchen. Recycling is an important step towards green living which is why recycling bins are an important purchase to reducing, reusing, and recycling as a lifestyle. Many cities now offer curbside recycling services which make it even easier to recycle with at home recycling bins. All we have to do is play our part by getting all of our recyclables to the curb after storing them in recycling containers in our homes, basements, or garages. Some ordinances require that glass or metal be separated from paper and plastic, and some can all be thrown in together to be sorted later, so deciding one one recycling bin or multiple recycling bins is the first step.
The second step towards green living after setting up your at home recyling bins is to try composting. Composting is actually easy and doesn’t require much of your time just like using recycling containers once you have them is easy to incorporate into your life. It may seem intimidating at first, but once you know how to compost, it can become an integral and easy part of your way of life just like tossing that glass bottle in the recycle bin is. The benefits to composting are huge just like recycling with recycling bins is a big deal. In the greater scheme of things, kitchen and yard waste make up approximately 15% of our garbage so think of composting as another way of recycling, but instead of using at home recycling bins, you just need to set up a composting area. That is a lot of potential rich fertilizer going to waste if you throw 15% of kitchen waste into the garbage instead of recycling it into compost. If you compost, you are doing your part at reducing that figure just like tossing your other recyclables into the recycle bin is. On a more personal scale, the benefits of composting are also rich – rich in free fertilizer! You can use materials that you have composted in as short as 4 – 6 weeks to fertilize your yard, flowers, and vegetable garden. This rich free fertilizer can come from your own yard and kitchen waste. So, before we talk about how to get you started, let’s talk about the process that is happening to the organic materials when they are composting.
There are four elements needed to make compost.
You just need to combine these four elements either in a composting barrel, or a composting wooden box in the backyard, or you don’t even need a container – you can simply create a compost pile. Here is how you get those four elements into your designated composting area, regardless if you use a composting tumbler or barrel, a wooden structure or one made from chicken wire, or you go low tech with a simple no cost pile in your backyard.
1. To get the air you need, stir your compost every two to three days. It doesn’t take much. For a tumbler, give it a couple of spins. For a pile of compost, toss it around a bit with a pitchfork or shovel.
2. The water is an element you may or may not even have to be bothered with in the sense that the organic materials themselves often contain water and keep the pile moist enough. When it rains on an open pile of compost, this will keep it moist also. It’s not an exact science, but you basically want to keep the composting materials moist, but not soaking wet. So, if you notice it is dry as you give it a stir, add some water.
3. Carbon is the biggest component needed in your composting materials. You should shoot for 25 to 30 times more carbon based materials than nitrogen materials. Often carbon based materials are referred to as the brown matter and nitrogen is referred to as the green matter. Brown, or carbon, matter would include straw, wood chips, dried leaves, cardboard, and newspaper. For both brown and green materials, they will decompose faster if they are in small pieces. So, for faster composting, shred your newspaper and keep the cardboard in small pieces as well. A good way to check to see if your brown to green ratio is off is to monitor two things: the decomposition rate and the smell. If you have excess brown (carbon), decomposition will slow down. Keep in mind, your materials if kept well mixed should decompose 4-6 weeks after starting. You might want to consider using more than one pile for different stages of composting for this reason.
4. Nitrogen is the green matter in your compost. Veggie, fruit scraps, and grass make great green matter. If your compost pile has too much nitrogen, the compost will start to get stinky. If your compost smells good, your pile does not have too much nitrogen.
Additional organic materials to throw into your compost include egg shells, coffee grounds, and even the paper coffee filters. Avoid fat, like oil in a salad dressing, citrus, and meat. Citrus, although it would seem like good composting material, decomposes very slowly. So, if you use it, make sure the pieces are very small and don’t go overboard with it.
Remember to spread your sweet smelling compost - when it is done composting – around your yard, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens. Check out SpaceSavers.com for recycling bins, garbage bins, and combination garbage and compost storage bins. Happy green living!