There are a lot of common items to recycle from the kitchen, that we use on a daily basis, once the item is beyond it’s prime. The kitchen is where most of the trash comes from in my house and I’ve came up with a few ways to recycle different items to cut down on my waste and help the environment at the same time. Try to reuse lots of your common items in the kitchen to help the environment and together we can make a huge impact.
Old scissors are often thrown away because they are difficult to sharpen. However if you use sandpaper you can sand the edge of your scissors to make them sharp again. This is a good thing to do while you watch tv because you won’t miss the 10 minutes it takes to sharpen them.
Bottles and jar are also easily reused and recycled into the office area of your home. Keep your small jars for paperclips, thumbtacks, pens and pencils or reuse bottles as a salad dressing bottle for your homemade dressing. If you don’t want to reuse items in your own home donate them to your local school, most of the time the teachers are always looking for ways to create craft projects for the kids.
Egg Cartons are also used for packing material because they are sturdy, lightweight as well as inexpensive. Store Christmas ornaments in them, donate them to local schools, or local people that have chickens. We have several stores and farmers in the area that will lower their price if you bring them egg cartons back in. Just shred up your egg cartons and use them as packing material, instead of buying bubble wrap which could be a huge money saver if you ship a lot of items.
Leftover food makes great compost for our garden!! I keep a coffee can on our counter and when it gets full I take it out and dump it on the garden. I actually learned this trick from my “Mema” when I was a little girl. It helps fertilize the soil and helps your plants produce more in the long run. I even put my coffee grounds in the compost can, so just be creative when it is time to compost.
Old cereal boxes make perfect magazine holders. All you have to do is cut the cereal box diagonally, cover with wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper and it looks perfect. You can also use them to store tall books or anything else that stands up vertically.
Foil and wrapping can both be reused in their original form. Just be a little more careful when you’re unwrapping and you can often just reuse the same piece of material.
There are a lot of ways you can reuse and recycle items from your kitchen. When in doubt, ask yourself: Is there a way I can reuse this? What do you reuse in your household?