A child picking up a piece of crumpled paper and throwing it in the trash is the perfect illustration of the phrase ‘every drop fills the ocean.’ Even the smallest action can make a huge difference to life in Jersey City. Putting a soda can in the recycle bin instead of the garbage saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours! Here’s a few more little ways you can clean up Jersey City:
1. Be eco-friendly: This doesn’t mean you have to sell your car and buy a Prius. You can help the environment by simply choosing not to use plastic bags. It doesn’t decompose and used up valuable resources like crude oil when manufactured. Use paper bags or cloth bags to carry your groceries instead.
2. Trash responsibly: Try to toss your coke cans, plastic water bottles and Styrofoam containers or anything recyclable into a recycle bin when you’re out and about. If there isn’t one around, wait till you find one or reach home. Separate your trash into recyclable and non-recyclable in your home as well so that garbage collectors can take the recyclable items to the right location.
3. Collect paper: Humans consume 24 trees for every ton of regular A4 paper. All those photocopies and print outs add up. So to give back collect cardboard boxes, paper plates, old school notes and books and even juice and milk cartons until you have a sizeable heap. Drive it to a recycling facility in your area – you’ll be reducing trash bulk and helping the environment.
4. Collect glass: Glass can be recycled endlessly without losing any of its quality. Place your empty alcohol bottles into a recycle bin instead of tossing them in the trash.
5. Recycle metal: Recycling metals is a multi-billion dollar industry. Most appliances in your house like the blender and toaster are mostly steel and therefore extremely recyclable. If they completely break down, sell them to a company like Sims. You can check here to find the details of the facility which they have in Jersey City. You can also recycle electronics like old Gameboys and computers if they cannot be fixed.
6. Respect the 3 ‘R’s – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. The best way to limit the amount of trash your home produces is to reduce how much you consume. Buy items in bulk so you don’t use as many bags. Carry an aluminum water bottle around instead of buying drinks while outside. Send emails instead of making printouts – remember, every little bit helps!
Even if you don’t feel like it’s making much of a difference, keep at it! The smallest move toward making Jersey City cleaner saves energy, resources and protects the environment.
Cristina Carter contributed this article