A selection of garbage for recyclingWe have all probably heard these phrases—or similar ones—about the need to save the environment for ourselves and the next generations. However, the question is: Do we know what we can do to help the cause?

Recycle old objects

Other than plastic, paper, newspaper, and cardboards, most people aren’t aware that there are still many other things—broken and old—that can be recycled. For one, your electronic devices (laptops, TVs, cell phones, etc.) and accessories (keyboards, cable boxes, rechargeable batteries, etc.) are recyclable.

The same holds true for almost all metals. If you live in Auckland, scrap metal buyers can help you properly dispose of the metals you no longer use.

Reduce energy consumption

Energy consumption here refers to both electric and fuel. To reduce your power consumption, start at home by turning off and unplugging appliances and electronic devices or equipment when not in use. As for decreasing your fuel consumption, you should consider walking or riding a bike—which are both great forms of exercise, by the way—to get to other places. However, if using a motor vehicle is necessary, taking public transportation is the more environmentally friendly option.

Reuse some items

Some items in your home need not go to a recycling facility to become useful again. For example, you can reuse your empty mayonnaise glass jars as pen and pencil holders. Your old clothes can be cut up into smaller pieces to become cleaning rags. The plastic takeout containers from your favourite restaurant can be used to store leftover food. The key here is to be creative, so you can find ways to repurpose objects.

We have all probably also heard enough of the ‘3R’, but it is always worth revisiting because recycling, reducing and reusing are still the simplest yet effective ways to help the environment.

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