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Does recycling household rubbish really make a difference to the planet?

Recycling household rubbish can save trees and more

Global warming is a huge topic at the moment and the biggest known cause of it is… waste. It’s the waste from machinery, including cars and buses, as well as factory waste. Rather than looking at the problem as something that’s too much to do anything about, or pretending it’s not happening, let’s try to truly make a difference. And you CAN help the planet by recycling household rubbish, as well as using recycled paper.

Waste bins at home: What are they?

You probably have two or three different waste bins for recycling household rubbish. One is likely for wet waste, such as food leftovers and wet tissues. Another one is probably for plastic containers and bags, while the last one is for recyclable materials.

Sure, it can feel like a pain sometimes to separate things into these different bins. Especially after putting them together into only one bin without thinking about it for so many years.

But recycling is doing so much more than just organizing your household rubbish.

As a species, humans go through so much waste that the landfills are overflowing. As a result, we are forcing a loss of biodiversity by moving into other habitats and destroying the surrounding nature.

Recycling at home is only one place you can make a difference, but it really does matter. So, never think that how your household rubbish is handled would mean nothing, even if you hear otherwise.

For example, paper recycling at the homestead can help the planet. It’s part of a comprehensive eco-friendly strategy to take, starting today. Later in this post, there are more details about recycled paper.

Recycling household rubbish creates jobs

When you’re green around the home, you take on a responsibility to the world around you. It can also naturally cut down how much you buy that ends up as waste. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits of recycling, recycling creates jobs.

At a time when reducing the world’s landfills is necessary and recycling programs are readily available, there is job creation. In today’s tough economic climate, creating important jobs in the environmental sector has only positive effects.

That’s impressive! Not only is recycling reducing energy and keeping items out of landfills, but it’s also a major part of job creation. In other words, the more people that recycle, the more need for people to be a part of green processes, hence the government creates more jobs.

The recycling industry is a cool one to be a part of too. Imagine telling your kids how your work every single day is helping their generation and the following ones to come. It’s noble work to make the planet cleaner.

As for the types of jobs available, they vary from collection to manufacturing. The positions include being a part of making recycling equipment, processing items at a recycling plant, and creating new products out of recycled materials. For example, do you know what’s happening with paper? Read on to find out.

Recycling household rubbish? Don’t forget about the paper. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

Use recycled papers

Paper is one of the world’s biggest consumers of energy. It actually takes less energy to produce recycled paper than it does regular paper.

And reducing energy consumption lowers the gas emissions that affect the ozone layer. So, wherever you can, use recycled paper and food in recyclable packaging.

These small changes in your life can make a big difference to the world around you. That is exactly what so many people try to achieve by recycling household rubbish.

Did you know that our trees help to lower global warming? They hold carbon dioxide and every ton of recycled paper saves 17 of our trees.

Rainforests and other forestry areas are quickly decreasing in size, which is one of the biggest reasons the digital age has the chance to save the planet. Why is that?

Digital work means less printing and less print production, saving paper production, and, therefore, saving trees.

What about people who say recycling is a waste of time?

Given what you’ve read above, you’re already beginning to see that’s simply untrue. Just look at the job creation point alone.

While recycling isn’t a process without its faults, it is one that has a lot of potential. But there is still a lot to do when it comes to getting more people recycling household rubbish and getting businesses on board too. Plastic and other materials still end up in landfills, are incinerated, or discarded, and continue to be a pollution menace.

Unfortunately, many companies continue to provide plastic packaging too. They also use plastic parts in their products, which isn’t doing the environment any favors. As a responsible individual, you can contribute to the environment by ensuring that your household waste is properly disposed of. You can make use of an eco-friendly company like to make sure the waste meets its disposal needs

Yet, some companies are taking steps to reduce plastic, and that’s a great starting point. Others are stopping the use of plastics in their operations altogether.

These stars are ones to look to for getting rid of single-use items like straws and finding greener alternatives. Eliminating plastic flatware is another great idea! Think of the marine life that can be saved by reducing plastic pollution.

Recycling household rubbish is your responsibility

Recycling in your kitchen and elsewhere helps create ethical jobs, raises awareness of global issues, and builds communities that work together to care for the world. Your efforts are necessary for the continuation of the planet as we know it.

So, take the opportunity to do more for the world around you – and encourage your family to do the same by teaching your kids about caring for nature. As you look out for its beauty, be a part of helping to keep it that way by recycling items around the home daily.

41 thoughts on “Does recycling household rubbish really make a difference to the planet?”

  1. I will add to this, I was out visiting a friend this week, who quite innocently made a comment similar to “a great deal of our recycling efforts still go to landfill, they don’t actually get recycled”.

    This got me thinking, if this is the case (1) what is the point of ‘us’ putting our time and effort into recycling?, albeit the targets, any targets are normally someone else’s… (2) if numbers are being reported, quoted for recycling, actually how true and accurate are they? (3) at what stage of the ‘recycling process’ is any data taken? (4) is it at the correct stage? providing the most true and accurate numbers. At the point where physical recycling takes place? or at the point of collection? (5) are we being hoodwinked via any numbers, data currently being quoted?

    Maybe the numbers need to be ‘recycled’ to gain more accurate data.

  2. Excellent post my friend. You’ve got it covered. Yes trees and plants in our homes also purify the oxygen we breathe. And I can’t believe there are still place in North America that don’t recycle. Like the place we rent in winter in Arizona, which is really a pretty green state. When I first got there I asked where the recycling bin was because there was just on garbage under the sink. She told me they don’t have recycling. Wow! :) <3

  3. Hi Christy…
    I love the way society has began to take notice and are grasping the concept of recycling. We have a great program in our small town where everything has a place.
    Several years ago while driving the Alaska highway I witnessed a bag being tossed out onto the roadway from a moving camper. I had to stop and pick it all up. I could not leave it.
    Karma being what it is an hour later I pulled into a campground at Muncho Lake. You guessed it there sat the same camper with a husband, wife and little daughter. lol… needless to say the new bag was hand delivered.
    We have someone in this small town who has decided to toss out all their fast food containers and karma will repeat itself someday… sorry but other people live here as well.
    Great post and a very timely message…

    Hugs from Alberta

    1. Karma! Your example is indeed telling of karma, Rolly :) Thanks for doing your part to not only recycle but also lend a hand when needed. Your comments here are appreciated and I am now hugging back (and slipping you a Hershey bar) xx

  4. Must admit, when recycling first transpired, I wasn’t very good at but over time I am improving, getting better at it. One thing it brings to mind, as with other things, is it solving the overall issue? solving the overall route cause?or is it merely moving the issue, moving responsibility from one area to another?

    1. Great questions you pose. No wonder your name is The Thinker ;) In my opinion, recycling is helping the issue (minimizing the impact on the Earth, for example) but there is surely more to do. Our society is consuming so much – buying the latest iPhones and whatever else catches the eye – so this totally needs to be restricted. That’s a though just offhand. Now you have me thinking.. !

    2. Thanks Christy B. I’m relatively new to blogging, as you may gather, still finding my feet. Part of the “train of thought” behind my own blog was to try and get people thinking, thinking outwith the box (or screen as is more than likely the case). :)

    3. eeee you mention phones, I won’t go there or at least I will try not too :) I’m currently and hopefully will remain, one of those people that thinks a phone is for what phones were more or less originally introduced for, a computer is for what computers were more or less originally introduced for, two separate pieces of hardware for two separate functions so to speak.

      Anyhow, back to the topic of waste, recycling, how much non-recyclable waste is caused by these ie time? with so much being reliant on one piece of hardware, when it goes down, boy it goes down, big style! How many people’s time is wasted during this period? and after, catching up, repeating the work? How many businesses hurt during this downtime? Mainly as they themselves, their employee’s do not know how to get by without it.

      How much time is wasted on the internet? Is it being used as constructively as it could be? How many people ‘surf’ for the sake of ‘surfing’? Make themselves look busy?

      Another one, which has probably been discussed in the past but comes to mind, mainly due to my current situation, is microwavable meals, how did we survive without them? Was there as much recycling required pre this? I suspect no. Why were microwavable meals introduced? Who introduced them? and more importantly, why did they introduce them? Please don’t say convenience :) Look, think a little deeper than convenience.

      Have a great day!

    4. I think you need to write a post on “convenience”!! Plus, did you know that all of these microwave meals that people are eating is upping their estrogen levels (the plastic emits this hormone into the food while cooking in the ‘oven’). This throws off many bodies healthwise. Wait – maybe I should write a post on that?! Ohhh we could talk forever – but not on smartphones (‘smart’?!!) — so much to discusssss

    5. Now there is a thought – thanks. I may indeed do that, again haha me, being me, I will give it some thought. Thank you for the inspiration. No, I didn’t know that about microwave meals. I won’t say I know, but had heard, they aren’t supposed to be that good for you healthwise, between the method of ‘cooking’, method of ‘heating’, their content etc soooooo, me being me (haha) this begs the question…..if this is the case……who introduced them? why did they introduce them? who do they truly benefit?
      why are they still around? On the topic of recycling, waste, if they were withdrawn, eradicated, would this not immensely reduce waste? the need for recycling? If they were withdrawn who would not like this?- just a few thoughts. Going back to pre ‘convenience’, going down the route of home cooking, cooking on the hob, how much waste was created from this? more or less than convenience? If there was waste, what was done with it? It was either placed in the bin or put on a compost heap? A natural method of recycling? not a ‘manufactured method of recycling’ – eeeee more thoughts, now I will be quiet :)

  5. In some cities/regions, recycling is mandatory, which includes organic waste (kitchen scraps.) For instance, it’s been this way for years on Prince Edward Island out of necessity, because they have limited space, and it’s too costly to transport that much waste to the mainland. It’s sad that this is what it takes to implement mandatory recycling, and it’s sadder even that mainland cities will wait until they are drowning in waste to make the necessary change.

    1. Recycling is just part of my lifestyle now. I don’t think twice about doing it. And if I’m out somewhere and there’s nowhere to recycle what I have with me that I know is recyclable I tend to bring it home to get rid of it properly ;) You’re right that it’s sad that many places are waiting too long to get into this habit!

  6. All we have to do with our recycling is put it in one bag and it gets sorted down stream. It means having two bins to take care of but its worth it for mother Earth.

    1. Zheng, this is wonderful news :) I’m so glad you told me. Perhaps write a post to let us know your thoughts as you start recycling

  7. Recycling has been a way of life for me since 1990 when Waterloo Region here in Ontario started up its Blue Box program. Back then, not a lot could be recycled – but that changed each year. Most weeks, I put out 4 recycle containers and 1-2 bags of non-recyclable garbage – and that’s in a household of 2 people. You’re right, Christy – we can’t scream at the government to meet the Paris Protocols if we’re not minding our personal recycling business!

    1. Let’s keep doing our part, John! It’s amazing how much recycling collects in a week, right? Like you I have less trash than recyclable items. Thanks for taking time here :)

  8. The importance of recycling is unavoidable, not only it benefits the environment, but it lows costs… I like that that those Recycling bins in the image you have chosen have labels in Spanish, by the way…. ;) Great post, hun… Thanks for rasing awareness on this issue.
    Love & best wishes! :)

    1. That image has Spanish recycling at its finest ~ a nod to you ;) I’m so pleased that BA is onto the eco-friendly approaches. You’re a star!! But then I already knew that about you ((love you)) <3

  9. I love when people are spreading the word to recycle. It’s music to my ears. Thank you so much Christy for this topic. When I grew up I didn’t see to much garbage in the city but now I’m shocked to notice someone who stopped at Wendy’s or other fast food and brought with them their drinks. When done they didn’t know where to dispose of it…so while walking they left it on the side of the road. I don’t know where people are going in their minds to consider to open their car door and through their garbage on the road. That’s when I realized…that’s how we see more garbage on the side of the road. All I can do is send love and I hope one day my children book Aimee and Divine Inspiration On a Journey will be notice by spreading the awareness of returning Mother Earth to beauty. I know life is a journey and full of adventure but one heart I believe the planet will return to beauty. Love Diane xxxooo

    1. Hi Diane, how wonderful to hear of your upcoming book and please do let me know if you want to do a guest post when it is published or close to publishing about it. Mother Earth likes us taking care of her :) Your enthusiasm for recycling is beautiful!

    2. Thank you Christy for your comment. My book is already self-published. My first anniversary was on June 10th. I would love to be a guest blogger what’s your guideline?

    3. Hi Diane, great that you’re interested in submitting a guest post! Simply fill out the contact form at and I’ll respond by email from there. Within about 500 words you could explain more about your thoughts on Mother Earth and include a link to your book. We can chat more on email. Talk soon!

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