DIYEcoliveHacks and Ideas7 Easy ways to recycle your waste at home

Your home is where you treasure the most valuable things in life. And there’s nothing more putting-off than having your home cluttered with unused items that take away its charm. However, you can always adopt a recycling habit to spruce up your living space.
Here are 7 Easy ways to recycle your waste at home:

1. Plastic Water Bottles

Plastic water bottles are the worst enemy one can have indoors. People often dispose of plastic bottles irresponsibly after use and thus harm the environment. With a little use of creativity, plastic bottles can come to good use. For instance, you can cut off the bottom halves of the plastic bottles and plant seedlings in them. These nifty plant-holders are easy to craft and will be a great addition to your garden space.

2. Aluminium Foil

Aluminium foil has various uses in our daily lives and can be real handy at times. However, their disadvantage, like that of unused plastic items, is that they are non-biodegradable. But fret not, there are ways to upcycle and reuse aluminium foil, rather than disposing it off after one use – you can place the foil behind plants in the shade and use the foil as a reflector.


When we buy fruits or vegetables, we often throw away the useless bits without realising that they can be put to better use. A countertop composter is an easy way to stash away your compostable food scraps for later use in your garden. After all, you’re paying for the whole fruit or vegetable, so why not use the inedible parts as well?

4. Build an Eco-brick

Thousands of plastic bottles end up lying in landfills every year as they can only be recycled a finite amount of times. So rather than just throwing them away, you can use them to make nifty eco-bricks. These bricks can be used for making modular furniture, as a decorative item for your garden and a paperweight to name a few. Learn how to make an eco-brick:

5. Segregate your wet and dry waste

Don’t just club all your waste together. Make provision for separate wet waste and dry waste disposal. Wet waste is fruit and vegetable peels, teabags and leftover food. Dry waste includes wood, metal, glass and related products. Dry waste usually ends up in landfills, and the wet waste can go back into your compost bin. Segregating waste is important for the environment.

6. Reuse Your Home Delivered Newspaper

If you’re one of those people who gets their newspaper delivered regularly then this recycling technique is the best fit for you. Instead of stocking up your old newspapers, you can use them as a packing paper to wrap up your fragile items or gifts. You can also use a newspaper as a cleaning aid by mixing water and a splash of white vinegar to clean your window stains, effortlessly.

7. Replace Single-use Plastic Items

While single-use plastic items are common in our lives, their frequent usage can also have a negative impact disturbing the ecology surrounding us. For example, a plastic item can take up to 1000 years to decompose. That’s why many countries have taken a pledge to get rid of single-use plastic items once and for all. You too can adopt a healthy practice of replacing plastic items with eco-friendly substitutes. Start off by replacing your plastic toothbrushes with biodegradable toothbrushes, plastic stemmed cotton buds with biodegradable paper stemmed cotton buds and plastic straws with reusable biodegradable bamboo straws to name a few.

Read to know more substitutes for single-use plastic.

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