How to recycle rubbish

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to recycle rubbish

Recycling rubbish is a small gesture that can greatly help the environment and contribute to taking care of the planet. It means separating the rubbish properly that we generate daily and finding a new use for it. To recycle, you must put the rubbish in the proper container. In this article at we'll give you some suggestions about how to recycle rubbish.

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Steps to follow:


First, you'll need to find a suitable space for the different containers or bags that will allow you to recycle and separate the rubbish properly. It should be in a large enough space where it won't be a bother, like in the kitchen, pantry, the patio, etc.


You should have containers for each of the different types of recycling that should be put in the appropriate container:

  • Packaging and plastics: yellow container
  • Paper and cardboard: blue container
  • Glass: green container
  • Organic: brown container
  • Other rubbish: grey or dark green container
  • Other rubbish: everything that doesn't fit in any of the containers and must be taken to the recycling centre.

We recommend putting bags in the containers to make it easier to then throw them into the larger bins. It's important to note that in the case of the organic matter, we recommend using biodegradable bags, but if you don't have them, you can also use plastic.


To recycle properly, you must know where to put each type of rubbish. Although it's a simple matter, sometimes there are objects that you're not sure where they should be discarded.


In addition to recycling rubbish, it's important that you apply the 3 R's rule: recycle, reuse and reduce. Thus, in addition to separating your rubbish, you should reuse anything that can have a new use and also try to minimise the amount of rubbish that you throw away. On OneHowTo, we have a few ideas on reusing and recycling:

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