How does recycling save energy costs and what can you recycle?

The planet we live on is quickly deteriorating and it is up to us to do our part to help. There are many things that you can do to help our environment. Recycling is just one of those activities you can take part in.  But, what can you recycle?  Some of the answers below are not usually thought of.  Read on for more.

Many of the items you use every day can be saved from the landfills by taking just a minute to recycle. Continue reading to learn how recycling saves energy and how you can go green and make the most of your recycling efforts.

The first thing you need to do is check with your local area and find out about recycling where you live. Some places will pick up your recycling at your curb. They may ask for you to separate it, or you may not have to.

Some areas will require you to bring in your recycling. Again, find out if it needs to be separated and how. No matter how your recycling materials are recycled, you need to find out just what you can turn in.


Glass is a material that can usually be recycled. Some areas do not recycle glass as it is so heavy and it takes too much gas and energy to recycle it. Many common items come in glass containers. As you finish these products, rinse out your glass bottle or jar and either reuse it or recycle it.

Plastic can also be recycled. A lot more products are now coming in plastic. Many sauces you may eat come in plastic containers. Drinks come in plastic bottles. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and laundry detergent, as well as other items, all commonly come in plastic bottles.


Check on the bottom of your plastic containers to find out what level plastic it is. Some recycling places will ask that your plastics are separated by number and some will be fine with you sending them all in together. You can also recycle plastic grocery bags. Most stores that use these bags will recycle them.

Metal can be recycled, too. If you drink anything out of cans, those can be recycled. Also, any cans you have gotten food out of can be recycled. The great thing about metal is you can generally be paid for it. Look for a scrap yard in your area. Scrap yards usually take metal products, including cans and anything else that is metal and will pay you a set price per pound or ton.

Paper products are recyclable. Do you get junk mail? Do you read the newspaper or magazines? These items can be recycled. You can also recycle thicker paper products. Many food products or other items you buy come in paper packaging. Most of these paper packages have the ability to be recycled. Cardboard boxes can be recycled, too.

Batteries and other electronics should be also recycled. Usually you will have to take these to a special place. Most of the time the big electronic stores will take these and recycle them. 

Did you know you can also recycle energy?  That’s right.  The motors and appliances we use nowadays require more energy that that of homes in the 1950’s.  And with rising energy rates, it’s now cost effective to do it. 

If you use a refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, and any appliances in your kitchen, recycling energy is a great thing to do.  Not only for the environment, but also for you pocketbook. 

If you could have a month of free electricity every year, what would you spend that on?  Whether it’s a camping trip with the boys, or an extra gift to yourself or a loved one at Christmas, it’s always nice to have a little extra right? To learn how to recycle energy in your home (and get your return on investment in less than a year, and have the next 25 years of $ put back in your wallet)… learn more here.

Recycling is a great thing to do for the environment. Next time you go to throw something away, keep the information in this article in mind!

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