This is the final post in the three part series of how to live green while on your travel nursing assignment. In the first post we covered ways to reduce your energy consumption and how to shop smarter and then in the second post we touched on ways to reuse clothing, furniture, etc… And today we will expand on the reusing issue, but with the focus on recycling.
Recycling is very much like reusing, except with the purpose of creating new stuff out of old stuff instead of wasting time, energy and useable resources like glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and wood. By recycling we reduce the need for raw materials that make the products and things we can recycle.
So what can you do to recycle while living in your company provided housing during your travel nursing assignment? What you can do to get started with recycling is designate five different bins or bags and label them accordingly. Paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and tin/steel. Most major cities have recycling programs that will pick up your recyclables as long as you have them sorted. Otherwise you can save this stuff and take them to recycling centers and get paid! That’s right, you can make money for your recycling efforts!
Besides the typical five things you know to recycle, you can take it a step further and recycle old electronic items such as televisions, cell phones and other things that have become useless, even batteries and remote controls. You might first think to just throw away something that doesn’t work, but what happens to these things when you throw them away? They just end up in a landfill somewhere filling up space instead of being taken apart and salvaged for other uses. Here’s a list of resources that will direct you where to take your old electronics to recycle.
One final thing you can do to recycle is composting. You’ve saved the 5 major recyclable materials, but composting is the ultimate in recycling! Compost is a great for to use in the garden and around the yard. Compost can be rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil.
Well hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two about how you can live green, even in your temporary housing while on a travel nursing assignment. These of course can also be applied to anywhere you live. Before you know it, you’ll be green without even thinking about it. If you have any other tips for your fellow travelers out there, please share them in the comment section below.