Top 5 Recycling Tips for Summer

Top 5 Recycling Tips for Summer

With the summer months in full swing, that means it’s time for barbecues, pool days, trips to the beach and lots of sunscreen. But the summer months also mean that the average family is creating a lot more waste than usual with all the fun times to be had. With so many great activities to enjoy, it’s normal to use a bunch of different products to increase your fun. Make sure you do your part by determining which summer fun items should go to the recycling center and which ones should go in the garbage.

5 Easy Recycling Tips for Summer

Throw a Greener BBQ

Summer is the perfect time to get out and grill with friends and family. But the average BBQ can produce a ton of waste if you don’t plan ahead. At your next BBQ, be sure to ditch the paper and plastic goods in favor of reusable dinnerware and napkins. You can also make recycling certain products easier for your guests by using clearly labeled recycling and waste bins. Lastly, keep in mind that any leftover charcoal briquettes can’t go to the recycling center, they must go in a non-combustible garbage bin.

Take a Closer Look At Your Sunscreen

Keeping your family protected from harmful UV rays can be a full-time job during the summer months. But don’t forget to take a look at which cans and bottles are recyclable before throwing them out. Most metal sunscreen bottles are made from aluminum, which is a highly recyclable material. Even with their plastic tops, used sunscreen bottles can be tossed in with your other recyclables.

Repurpose Old Beach Accessories

While you may have many great memories attached to those old sand pails and shovels, over time they can begin to break down. The same rule applies to old lawn chairs and umbrellas. For any broken plastic items, check to see which type of plastic they are made from before taking them to the recycling center. Or get creative and try incorporating sand pails and shovels into your home garden.

Don’t Trash the Trail

Road trips are a summer tradition for many families across the US. Be kind this summer by paying close attention to the amount of waste you’re creating and do your best to use earth-friendly items like reusable water bottles. Additionally, keep hiking trails clean by always packing out any waste items that you brought in.

Get Your Workout In

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather by skipping quick car rides. By walking, biking, skateboarding or rollerblading to nearby destinations —you can reduce your carbon footprint this summer. And if you’re interested in going the extra mile, try your hand at summer gardening by investing time at your local community garden! You’ll love the extra time outdoors and your family will (hopefully) get to reap the rewards of your green thumb.

Enjoy a Safe and Green Summer

By paying attention to a few extra details, you can help make a greener summer possible for everyone you know. For more great recycling tips, be sure to visit Lakeshore Recycling Systems online today!

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