Tips for recycling in an apartment

Recycling can seem a little daunting if you’re living in an apartment, but we’re living in a time where people are striving to be greener than ever before. Recycling and reducing waste is important, and I’ve got some tips here for you to make it as painless as possible.

Winnipeggers have a consistent recycling program, so finding recycling bins at your apartment should not be a problem, but there are still some things you should check about the access while you’re looking for the best Winnipeg apartments for recycling. Speak to the landlord or caretaker, see if they’re onboard with recycling. If they are they’re more likely to be accommodating in future for anything you might need to help you along. You should also make sure you have relatively easy access to the recycling bins.

Get some bins for within your suit; the kitchen is an obvious spot for a recycling bin, but if you have a desk or an office having one there can also encourage recycling. Make sure you’re diligent when throwing something away, and most importantly do not throw garbage into the recycling. If you’re unsure, it’s safest to just throw it away.

Dispose of things properly to lessen the change of things finding their way to a landfill. This can be things like mattresses and appliances, batteries, and consumer electronics. Phones are a good example; many people have old phones at home that they don’t use anymore but feel uncomfortable throwing away. You can either just directly donate them (restore to factory settings first!), or you can bring it back to most cellphone sellers to have them recycle it. You can donate many other things to avoid wasting them: clothes, appliances, computers and laptops, etc. Schools in particularly often appreciate having spare computer parts for their students to practice with.

Reduction and reuse are also an important factor. Reuse can be things like glass jars for condiments, which make excellent airtight containers down the line. Be careful though because some containers not intended for reused can break down and become harmful over time. Reduction can be something like using reusable bags when you go shopping, and buying a water bottle to carry with you, to minimize the need for plastic water bottles.

The last thing is something you’ve probably run into a few times before: paperless billing. Most institutions are more than happy to bill you electronically. Cell phone providers and banks are probably the most well-known, but there are others as well. Many people don’t realize that the Canadian Government can handle tax returns and GST return electronically, student loans can be administered electronically, and other utilities like internet service providers can bill electronically. This is a win-win for everyone involved. You can reduce the amount of waste you’re generating, keep your home free of clutter, and the companies are more than happy to enable this, because it saves them money on paper, printing, and postage.