- Can you reuse it? Remember, reduce, reuse, then recycle.
- Recycling aluminum is still good. It saves money and energy--that's why they pay you for cans.
- Remember to wash/rinse cans and plastic before putting them in their bins. If the bins are inside, this cuts down on any smell. And if your bins are outside, rinsing reduces the likelihood of pets or wandering animals digging through them!
- Don't just think of the normal items you can recycle, do some research and expand it. Some things you might be able to recycle easily are:
- Batteries (very important)- Car Batteries, Equipment Batteries, Flashlight
- Beer and Wine bottles, jars, other glass items
- Paper and plastic bags (reuse first if possible)
- Magazines, Newspapers, phone-books
- Plastic Bottles, Plastic Containers
- Cans and tins
- Juice/soup/milk cartons
- Try to avoid making special trips in your car to recycle, as you will be using fuel unnecessarily. Combine it with a trip you are making anyway.
- If you are in school, or in your workplace (where you tend to use a lot of paper, then throw it away), try having a recycling bin under your desk, or a recycling pocket in your file. Make a mental note to put all un-needed paper in there each time you feel like heading for the normal trash bin.
Note: Most of the departments on the MSU campus and in the dorms provide means for recycling paper. Explore. Ask.