Receptacles to Replace a Trash Compactor

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Replacing your trash compactor will save money on your energy bills, and help save the environment too. Figuring out what to replace the trash compactor with may seem like the most difficult part of the process, but it's actually not. The two easiest types of receptacles to replace your trash compactor with are recycle bins and reuse bins.

Recycle Bins

  • "The average American discards 4.6 pounds of garbage every day." Whether we smash our trash down into little blocks with a trash compactor or not, an aluminum can will still be around for over 200 years and plastic bottles will haunt us for more than 1000.

    By recycling just a small portion of our daily trash, we can make a major impact on the environment--right now, and for many generations into the future.

    Since recycle bins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it's easy to find just the right ones to replace your trash compactor space with. Styles are convenient too: If you need open bins for easy access those are available, or choose bins with lids to keep everything tidy and out of sight.

    Recycle bins are where you dispose of items which can be taken in to a recycling center, or set out for the recycling truck to pick up. Some areas require you to separate your recyclable items, and this is easy to do using multiple bins.

    Use one recycle bin for aluminum cans; another for newspaper, junk mail and other recyclable paper; and a third for plastic bottles, containers and plastic wrapping.

Reuse Bins

  • Reuse bins are excellent to place reusable items into. Many items used in the kitchen are ideal to reuse for other purposes.

    Small jelly or baby food jars for example, can be cleaned and reused for storing buttons in the sewing room, or nails in the garage. Metal coffee cans work well for storing a roll of toilet paper in your camper, and large glass pickle jars can be cleaned and reused to store dry goods such as beans.

    By putting a small reuse receptacle in place of your trash compactor, you can easily collect and store containers and jars to be cleaned and reused in a variety of other ways.

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