The summer is the time for road trips, barbecues, and beach trips. Millions of Americans are once again enjoying the summer with friends and family. However, with summer festivities comes trash. A whopping 251.3 million tons of garbage is generated by Americans every year. To help reduce your carbon footprint, take a look at these five summer recycling tips.
1. Don’t Trash the Trail
During your next summer excursion, be mindful of what you do with your trash. There’s nothing like hitting a hiking trail and enjoying all the beauty that nature has to offer. Tras can put a damper on your views and can drastically affect wildlife. Be mindful of the trash you are creating while enjoying the outdoors and always find the appropriate trash and recycle bin to dispose of it.
2. Recycle Your Grill
If your summer plans involve getting rid of an old grill, instead of throwing it in a dumpster, have it recycled. To recycle a grill, thoroughly clean it and take it apart. Separate the pieces into piles of metal and plastic. The metal parts of your grill can easily be recycled. The plastic components of your grill should have a recycling symbol and number that tells you how they should be recycled.
3. Use Reusable Containers
On road trips, pack food and drinks in reusable containers. Pack your beverages in reusable water bottles as opposed to buying bottled beverages, Reusable containers not only help lessen your carbon footprint, but they’re also convenient. You never have to worry about finding a trash bin or recycling bin when you opt for reusable containers.
4. Reuse Cut Grass
The EPA estimates that yard waste accounts for about 18% of our landfills. You can reduce this number by not bagging up grass clippings as you mow. Grass clippings are organic materials that can be reused to bring valuable nutrients to your lawn. This summer, leave your grass clipping on top of your lawn. If you don’t like the look of cut grass on your lawn, add the clippings to a compost pile instead.
5. Recycle Asphalt
If you’re a homeowner who plans on revamping their home’s exterior this summer, be sure to recycle your old asphalt. Recycling your old asphalt from your driveway, patio, or other outdoor areas is easy. You simply contact an asphalt recycling company, schedule a pickup date, and leave the hard work to them. It’s an easy way to lessen your environmental impact this summer while updating your home.
Doing Our Part To Help You Recycle
LCI Recycling takes great pride in our ability to recycle asphalt and concrete. Let us help you lessen your environmental impact with our easy-to-schedule roll-off dumpster rental and professional concrete and asphalt recycling service. Call us now to learn more about how we can help you with recycling in Maryland.