The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in any home or restaurants. With this busyness come a number of items and appliances which are almost recyclable and which should not fill landmines or be disposed of aimlessly.
There are also valuable cooking tips which you could follow to help reduce the overall waste while at the same time making your cooking healthy. In fact, recycling in your kitchen can help save a lot of money or even help impact other parts of the home in a positive way. Proper recycling will help create space in your kitchen and keep everything organized at all times. Here are 10 essential recycling tips to implement in your kitchen:
1. Keep Recyclable items separately
Keeping recyclable items separate from other items is the first step towards successful recycling process in your kitchen. Things such as food leftovers should be kept separate from other items such as polythene papers and other items. Have separate sections where you put different things to avoid confusion. If you have things such as bones, keep them away from other food items since you might need to dispose them differently.
2. Be Artistic
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Most kitchen materials can be recycled to make beautiful artistic items. If you are not artistic yourself, you can give what you have to someone who is passionate about this area. Materials such as paper towel tubes, oven doors, rubber bands, and glasses can all be used for art projects by both young children and adults. Always remember that one man’s trash is another man’s gold.
3. Recycle your kitchen water
It’s possible to structure your plumbing in such a way that any wastewater or rainwater can be used for other purposes such as flushing the toilet. This water can be ‘harvested’ from the dishwashing system and directed to the garden depending on the kind of soap you use. At this point, it’ll be good to consider using biodegradable soap in your kitchen. On the other hand, you can use some cooking tips that will help you trap water when you wash your veggies and this can be recycled in other helpful ways rather than having it run down the sewer line.
4. Recycle your electronics
Do you have broken appliances in your kitchen including blenders, heaters or even fridge? There is no need of filling the landmines with these broken appliances since most of them can be repaired or parts harvested from them and used to repair others. There are companies and non-profit organizations which are involved in recycling such appliances and donating them to schools or even selling them to others!
5. Give away what you don’t need
A walk through your kitchen will reveal a number of appliances or food items that you no longer need or even love. For example, if you’re looking to eat more healthily, you can share the processed food you may have stored – such as canned goods or frozen food – with those in need. Donate them to your local soup kitchen. When it comes to kitchen tools/ appliances you no longer use, give them to others who will find them very useful thus creating space for you while at the same time helping charities. Why not use the “free stuff” option if you are on Craigslist or opt for groups such as Recycler’s Exchange and Freecycle?
6. Recycle the greenery
Most of the items used in the kitchen can easily decompose and used as compost to fertilize the veggies you can plant in your own garden. These vegetables are perfect and handy to be used for whipping up organic cuisine!
Composting kitchen waste is also one of the most effective and easiest recycling methods for different kitchen items and you can do it without attracting worms. You can use an indoor or outdoor composter to avoid smells around your kitchen.
7. Turn your food waste into animal feeds
The foods you throw away could be sufficient to feed one or two hens in your home or that of your neighbor. Yes, those food remains could be beneficial for different animals and this in return will be profitable to you! What about that one egg you collect from your hens each day? That rids your kitchen of unnecessary waste but also benefits you or your neighbor’s animal farming.
8. Recycle your cooking oil
Did you know that cooking oil can be harmful to the environment if disposed of down the drain or in the trash bin? As it turns out, though it appears to be harmless, it could end up blocking the sewer or drainage system or even harming wildlife. To avoid this, it’s advisable to recycle the used cooking oil and use it as biodiesel. Always put the oil in a separate container and hand it over to a recycling plant in your area.
9. Turn plastic containers into storage facilities
Most of the plastic containers you find in your kitchen could easily be turned into storage facilities for your home. You can use some of these to plant flowers or even store food in the fridge or elsewhere. That beautiful container you bought your yummy biscuits in doesn’t need to be thrown in the trash bin but can be turned into a more useful storage facility.
10. Create children play supermarkets
Kids can use some of the kitchen containers including egg cartons, cereal boxes, empty plastic bottles and the like to stock their own ‘supermarkets or kitchens’. Some of them including tomato sauce bottles will come in handy to those little mothers-to-be.
These are just some of the essential tips you can use for recycling in your kitchen thus saving money and space while at the same time to prevent piling landfills with what could be used in other ways. Try out these tips and see for yourself what works for you and enjoy the results!
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