Common household items that may be overlooked when taking out the trash
Of course, you should always check and see what your area's recycling protocol is, but in most single-stream recycling programs, these items are better off in your recycling bin than your trash can. Aluminum products are at the top of the list of common household items that take a bit of extra effort, but belong in a separate receptacle. Whether you're using the product to grill or wrap up your kid's sandwiches, rinsing it off and throwing it into your recycling bin will help remove plenty of needless waste from the environment.
Plastic products are always safe choices for recycling, but it's the overlooked items that tend to build up quickly. Plastic wrapping on the outside of food products, consumer products and even small plastic bottle caps are items that are thoughtlessly placed in the trash. Additionally, paper products, such as envelopes, can be placed in the same stack as your newspapers or magazines or placed directly into a recycling bin.
By thinking twice each time you throw something in the garbage, you can practice sustainability and a green lifestyle every day. With a bit of extra effort, you can decrease your waste levels and reduce your impact on the environment.