5 Ways to Simplify Recycling at Home

Getting your kids to recycle snack wrappers and scrap paper isn’t always easy, but thanks to these five hacks from Danny Seo, editor in chief of Naturally, Danny Seo, it’ll be child’s play. According to Seo, the key is to make recycling as convenient and accessible as possible. By strategically placing bins in different areas of your house—and utilizing your neighborhood’s free recycling services—you’ll encourage your family to dispose of items properly. Keep reading for Seo’s tips.



“Keep a small recycling bin for things like cardboard boxes and empty plastic bottles. You no longer need to take the caps off shampoo and conditioner bottles; even though they are a different resin, modern recycling facilities can sort them.”


“In terms of large bins, most trash haulers provide you with their own recycling bin. I request the large one with wheels, instead of the small basket-style one, for two reasons: One, you can load it up and skip recycling weeks until it’s full, since the wheels make it easy to move. Second, the lid keeps pests out of the bin. The basket-style bins are just too open, and a gust of wind can knock recyclables away and into the streets.”

Home Office

“I like to have a large galvanized bin with a lid for office paper. I bring it to a free Paper Retriever bin at a local school; you dump it in the recycling bin, and the school makes money from the paper that’s recycled. The galvanized bin in my office looks good and encourages magazines, copy paper, and other paper to be recycled.”

Laundry Room

“Place a bin designed for old textiles—not just clothes, but towels and other items. The majority of clothing donated to stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army aren’t actually resold in their shops. They’re sold to textile recyclers where fiber from the fabric is recycled into things like insulation and cleaning rags. That’s why the charities take everything and anything and why you should feel free to donate even the most ruined pair of jeans.”

Desk Drawers

“Empty your junk drawer of rechargeable batteries. It’s illegal to toss them in the trash. The nonprofit Call2Recycle has recycling bins that are free to use in stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy. Just put your old cell phones, laptop batteries, and batteries from cordless products—like power drills or even a battery-operated toothbrush—right into the bin. They’ll get recycled free of charge and will be made into new metal and plastic products.”