Every day we are being warned about the dangers of the way we live and the way we pollute our planet. Children are learning the value of recycling at school, so why don’t we all do a little better at our recycling. Here are some great tips to help you be more successful in doing your part to save the planet.

In your neighborhood will be at least one recycling facility. Some communities handle all recyclables in one place, while in other communities there are different facilities for different products that can be recycled.

There are actually seven different plastic codes and not all communities recycle all types of plastic, although the number of communities that are collecting all types of plastics is growing. On the bottom of a plastic container you’ll find a number – Plastics that are marked with a #1 or #2 are recycled almost anywhere – that includes milk jugs, shampoo bottles, drink bottles, and laundry soap to name just a few.

Metals can also be recycled. Generally, you are required to sort them by type. For example, all aluminum, all lead, all copper, etc. together. It’s important to wash and clean containers before you turn them in for recycling.

Paper is also recyclable at almost all recycling stations. It is generally divided into five groups. Office paper, newspaper, cardboard, colored paper, and computer printout paper. You don’t have to worry about sorting these. The process for recycling breaks them down using water and a mix of chemicals that create a pulp. The pulp is then used to make new boxes, newspaper, and new writing paper.

By participating in recycling we reduce the damage we are doing to the planet. It doesn’t even have to take a lot of effort. Every little thing you do towards living a more sustainable life helps our planet and when we combine those efforts, we see results. If you don’t already recycle, why not start today?