One of the ways you’re probably already saving is through recycling! Lots of energy, water, and other resources are saved by breaking down old materials to make new ones. To keep you on track, here’s a reminder of what those recycling symbols mean:
Number 1 – Picked up through most curbside recycling programs. Found in soft drink and water bottles, and peanut butter and salad dressing containers.
Number 2 – Picked up through most curbside recycling programs. Found in milk jugs, juice bottles, detergent and household cleaner bottles, and shampoo bottles.
Number 3 – Rarely recycled; accepted by some plastic lumber makers. Found in window cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles and cooking oil bottles.
Number 4 – Not often recycled through curbside programs, but some communities will accept them. Found in bread, frozen food and shopping bags.
Number 5 – Can be recycled through some curbside programs. Found in yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles and caps.
Number 6 – Can be recycled through some curbside programs. Found in egg cartons, CD cases and disposable plates and cups.
Number 7 – Rarely recycled; some curbside programs are starting to take them. Found in sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, and certain food containers.
Image courtesy of Howard County, MD.
Resolve to save energy, water and money in 2015!
- You can recycle some unusual objects, including Christmas trees! Some areas collect these trees and use them as barriers to soil erosion, while others will mulch the trees to make ground cover for the community. Check with your community solid waste department to see if they collect and mulch trees.
- Toilets account for almost 30% of residential indoor water consumption. They can use a lot more if they’re leaky or inefficient, so be sure to check on a running toilet.
- In the chilly winter months, sunlight can help naturally heat your home. Open curtains on south-facing windows to let the light (and warmth!) in during the day. Close curtains at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
- Even when you’re sleeping or away from home, you can save energy! Turning the thermostat down by 10-15°for 8 hours while you’re at school or snoozing to save energy and money.