Most people talk about spring cleaning, but the fall is another ideal time to give your home and property a once-over. When you buckle down to clear your home of its clutter, it’s a perfect time to recycle a lot of your belongings. Here’s how to recycle each fall.
When you’re switching over your closet from warm-weather clothes to sweaters and flannel, take the opportunity to see if there’s anything to donate. Odds are that some of your clothing has just been taking up space and that someone else would get more use out of it. This is also a good opportunity to clear out all of your closets, not just your clothing closets. Donate anything you don’t want, so long as it’s still in good condition.
If you want your garden or yard to blossom and bloom, use mulch. When placed near the roots of your plants, mulch helps keep them moist. Use your lawn mower to chop of leaves. When the weather get cooler, place the chopped up leaves around the bottom of the plants in your garden, plus the shrubs and trees on your lawn.
When the weather changes, your garden transforms as well. This means that extra waste is produced, like fallen leaves and rotting vegetables. Instead of throwing all of that away, use it to create a compost pile. While you won’t be able to use the compost right away, it will be ready in about 18 months. Pick up a compost bin, put some woody material in the bottom so that the air can circulate, then toss your compost on top of it. You can also add your coffee grounds to the compost each morning.
Natural decor looks especially pretty during the autumn months. Instead of buying brand new decorations, head to your backyard to see if there’s anything to recycle. Branches and twigs can be attached to a wire hanger to create a wreath for your front door. Pine cones can be cleaned and then tossed in a glass vase to use as a centerpiece.
Before the chilly weather and snow sets in, you may want to check out your roof to make sure it’s up to the challenge. If you have to repair your roof, look for recycled materials. For example, you can find recycled rubber or plastic roofing materials to fix cracks or replace broken tiles. If you need insulation, look for some that’s made from recycled paper or glass. On the same note, if you’re winterizing your car, take your old tires or battery to an automative recycling facility. If you would like to learn more, visit Recycle Your Electronics.