How to Recycle in Your Apartment
The challenge is to find creative ways to use your limited space.
1. Determine what materials you'd like to recycle.
The following materials are accepted at the public recycling collection sites:
- Cardboard boxes and fiberboard
- Aluminum and tin cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic #1-5 containers
- Residential mixed paper (i.e. junk mail, magazines, catalogs, telephone books)
2. Choose a handy spot in your apartment for recycling containers.
Use door knobs and behind the door hooks to hang reusable bags with lighter recyclables such as flattened plastic containers.
Slide containers into cabinets, under tables, bakers racks or other utility stands.
A container under the sink can be a convenient place to store rinsed plastic, metal and glass.
To make more space in your kitchen, store tools and appliances that you use infrequently in other parts of your apartment.
Closet / Laundry / Pantry:
These offer other out-of-sight storage for recyclables.
Clear extra space on shelving units.
Place containers on the floor inside a closet or pantry.
Many products used in the bathroom are packaged in recyclable material such as plastic and paperboard.
- Place a container next to the regular bathroom trash for items such as shampoo bottles, soap boxes and toilet paper tubes.
This area near the computer and printer produces a lot of paper waste.
- Locate the recycling container for office paper and newspaper next to or under the desk.
- Additional space might be available in a slide out drawer.
- Hang a reusable bag on a knob, hook or handle.
3. Find the nearest public recycling site.
When containers become full, take them to a public recycling collection site and place your recyclables in the appropriate bins.
You'll find one of the recycling sites in the city on your routes to work, school or errands.
You will want to regularly wipe out the container with hot water and sanitizing solution.
4. Establish a routine.
Make sorting and dropping off recyclables part of your household chores.
Rinse or wash cans and bottles and remove the lids. Labels can remain on the container.
Flatten cans and plastic bottles to save space.
Anything that comes with the newspaper can be recycled with the newspaper (except the plastic bag).
Remove packing material from cardboard boxes and paperboard packaging.
You do not need to remove paper clips and staples on office paper and magazines.
5. Stay connected.
- Watch for media updates on recycling and community recycling events such as paper shredding, latex paint exchanges and electronic and household hazardous waste collections.
- Share tips and tell your friends, family and neighbors about your recycling system.
- Visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.
- Look for us on Facebook: facebook.com/LincolnRecycles