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How to Setup a Home Recycling Station

September 7th, 2016

I have a confession to make, and it’s a real one that I’m actually a little ashamed to admit. As much as I really do care about the environment and sustainability, we haven’t been that great about recycling at our house the last couple years. (There, I said it! Glad that’s off my chest.) Two kids running around, plus my team working at my house most of the time equals a lot of waste, and often the quickest and easiest route (i.e., just throwing something in the trash) wins out in the busy-ness of the day-to-day. But I’ve decided that now’s the time to get serious, especially now that Phoebe’s old enough to develop good recycling habits, and I’m ready to start practicing what I preach in the recycling department! For today’s post, in partnership with Seventh Generation as part of our Living Green series, I wanted to share my new home recycling station with you guys so that (a) I’m held accountable to actually do it, and (b) any of you other recycling slackers will be inspired to institute a system at your home — one that every member of your household can stick to!

*images by Kristen Kilpatrick

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6 Comments under :: How to Setup a Home Recycling Station
  1. These are some great ideas! Sophie x

  2. Evelyn says:

    Don’t forget to recycle your bathroom products. These fall by the wayside because most people don’t have recycling stations near the bathroom e.g. shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap containers, etc. I ?? Recycling.

  3. Brad Cruise says:

    its really fantastic..Nice post as its a spot light on recycling

  4. Scottie Hexter says:

    I fill up my recycling bag at the bottom of my apartment stairs several times a day. When I walk to my apartment’s mailbox area to pick up my mail, I go through my mail at the box area and sort it into “essential mail” to keep and “waste paper” to put in my recycling bag. I then walk to the nearby dumpster area where there are several recycling containers; I dump my garbage in the dumpster, recycling bag into the recycling containers, and then walk home with my mail. Recycling is an opportunity for me to get more exercise by going up and down the stairs to fill up my recycling bag, as well as walking it over to the recycling area when I get my mail.

  5. Nat says:

    What an excellent idea.

  6. Sheila_P says:

    This is a really cute idea, however…Now that you’ve had these a few weeks, I am wondering if it is practical (is it used? do you keep up with keeping it clean? etc). We recycle almost everything in our house and the way we do it is not pretty. Our kitchen garbage can (a small bathroom sized one) is in a cabinet in the far corner of the kitchen. We just put our recycling on the counter above it. At the end of the day when we take out the trash, we also take out the day’s recyclables. It’s the easiest thing to do, just a little unsightly/cluttered in the meantime. My kids are 3 and 7 and this method easily works for them. However, now that they are getting older, I am looking for different methods.

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