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Do you have good intentions to recycle but just never get around to it? Perhaps it's because you have not set up a system to do so. It is easy to do and good for the environment.

First you need to look around your home and select a convenient spot that has enough room for two containers. Some suggestions are: the garage, the area under the sink in the kitchen, next to your regular trash can, a pantry, a storage room or under an open counter in the kitchen. Even if they have to be out in the open, an attractive container with a lid will do just fine.

You need to separate your paper from your plastics, glass and cans. You can either use a container for the paper or a large paper bag you find at the grocery store. This way, the paper bag goes with the paper when it's taken away to be recycled.

Your plastics, glass and cans can be placed into a recycling bin or large plastic container. If you want the official recycling bin, you can either purchase one or contact your local authorities to find out how you can obtain one from them. My local office supply store sells them. They are blue and have the recycling symbol on them. You can use a large storage bin or even use a trash can with a lid to keep it under cover. Make sure whichever container you use, it will have sufficient room to store the recyclables for about a week.

I have my recycling center in my garage because it is right off of my living room. I created a wooden stand that had my recycling bin for plastics, glass and cans underneath and my large round trash can on top. I keep a paper bag on the side for paper recycling.

You can recycle the following paper products: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes (that are broken down), paper milk or juice containers, juice boxes, note paper, etc. Be sure to remove the page on the magazines and catalogs with your name and address on it and shred it. Anything with confidential information on it should be shredded.

You can recycle the following plastic and glass: plastic bottles from milk or juice, glass jars, soda cans, empty bottles of liquor, beer and soda bottles, etc.

Each community has its own rules so learn what they are and create your system accordingly. It took a good friend to make me realize how much more I could be recycling if I just paid attention. It feels good to go green and creating a recycling station is a great way to do just that!

posted on: 8/21/2009 8:30:00 AM by Audrey Cupo
category: Family

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Busy Moms Can Be Organized Too

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Audrey Cupo is a full-time Professional Organizer and sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Bucks County, PA. She specializes in residential organizing and focuses her business on helping busy moms get organized with her services and her U Can Do It product line. To sign up for her free newsletter full of great monthly tips, resources and product reviews go to www.4abetterspace.com.

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