Easy Does It Recycling Often, people are hesitant to recycle because they think that it will be too time-consuming, too messy, or just plain too much trouble. In reality, if you start off with just a few items, you may realize that recycling will work quite comfortably in your busy lifestyle. Here are some easy tips for incorporating recycling in your home. It is simple. The trick is to figure out how to make recycling work in your lifestyle and in your home layout. Some families keep recycle bins or canisters in their kitchen cabinets or in their garage. But, if your home is like ours, that may not work. Our kitchen is a compact area that works for just the two of us, but it leaves no room for extra space for recycle bins. Our carport is also open. So we have had to be resourceful. We keep our items for recycling in separate reusable shopping bags—once they are rinsed and dry—until we take them out to the nearest county recycling drop off site. We simply take a bag or two when we are on an errand out that way or take the regular garbage. Bags work really well in small locations, like dorm rooms, too. You can hang them on cabinet knobs or on hooks. You don’t have to have ‘recycling’ bins. Just find containers that are a good size for your families’ needs. There are very affordable containers that can work, like some affordable stackable bins---from $5 to $10 each--- from Walmart or Target and similar stores. It can be a simple system that can work in your home. Another point to consider is how much recycling you may accumulate. Our kids are grown so we have far less garbage than we did as the boys were growing up. We also use few single serving items, except water bottles on occasion and Lindsay’s beer bottles. We use reusable drink bottles for portable water, Lindsay’s coffee addiction, and my tea addiction. So---for us--- bags work for us because they fit our lifestyle and our consumption habits. They are also easy to carry since we have drop sites in our county and not curbside recycling. There are recycling systems ---some quite pricey--- available that might work for larger families or families with more extensive garbage needs. But look around your house first. You may already have containers that would be just as suitable. Just figure out what works for you. Remember: you do not have to pay a lot for a system, unless you want to do so. Here are my ‘top ten’ easy-to-recycle items: Clear plastic containers PET 1 and 2 --- water bottles, soda bottles, etc. Colored plastics --- some soda bottles Clear glass bottles--- drink bottles and some food containers Colored glass (brown,blue, green)- some soda bottles and beer bottles Aluminum cans--- drink cans ‘Tin’ cans--- food cans, like for canned green beans Newspapers---including the sales inserts Paper--- like computer and copy paper (bag shredded paper) Magazines Plastic shopping bags-several stores, like Walmart and Kroger, have bins set up for returning these bags Always rinse out and let dry any containers that you are recycling. It will eliminate any concerns about bugs or smells. Items, like newspapers, can be bundled up with string or put in brown paper bags to carry. Remember: all those inserts in newspapers can also be recycled with the newspaper too. If you have paper or shredded paper, just deposit the paper in a bag in the newspaper section. Magazines can also be bundled and tied up with string. The items can be dropped off at any Liberty County recycling drop off location. Just deposit them in the bins designated for each type of item.