No matter where we come from, there’s one thing we all have in common – we love the Earth! Our wonderful planet helps sustain us daily and we appreciate it, but do we always show it? During the month of April, celebrate Earth Month and challenge yourself to do a little more to keep our planet green! There are plenty of ways to help out and recycle within your Disney Housing complex:
Separate your items accordingly
Each apartment is equipped with at least one trash can and one recycling bin. The first step is to separate the recyclables from the trash. Recyclables include paper, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, soda cans, aluminum beverage and food cans, glass and anything with the traditional “recycle” symbol. Make sure to check your items for recyclability before tossing them in the trash. Once you have recyclables separated from non-recyclables, head to one of the recycling containers – the ones with the yellow lids – and send the items on their way! If you’ve gathered your recycling in a plastic garbage bag, be sure to dump your items into the recycling dumpster without the bag; plastic bags are not recyclable.
Use an item to completion
No matter what item you use, make sure to use it completely! If you print something from a computer, make sure to print double-sided. Before tossing your toothpaste container, check that it is totally empty. Even though many products you use may not be recyclable, using items to their end reduces the amount of waste you produce!
Craft something new
Instead of spending money on a new item, you can repurpose an old item prior to recycling. If you have a plastic bottle, you can cut it up and create a variety of crafts such as: a homemade piggy bank, a pencil holder, plastic flowers (they never die!) and more. The list of items you can craft is endless! You can add your own personal style to the crafts you create and brag about how they are one-of-a-kind!
Donate old clothes
Fashion is always changing, so it makes sense you want to get rid of last season’s styles, but have you considered donating them? Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle since they are always needed! Before you toss that old flannel shirt, ask one of your roommates if they’d like it or create a pile of clothes to take back home to your family or friends who may want them. If neither of those options work, find a store which accepts donations. During your Disney Program, you’ll also be able to donate gently–used clothing and housewares in a donation bin at your complex. These items are given to a local charity to benefit those in need.
Reduce, reuse and recycle!
An easy motto to learn and something that will help you for the rest of your life! Before tossing an item, make sure to consider the three “R”s. You can reduce the amount of waste you make by being conscious about the items you throw away, or make sure to use the item to completion! You can reuse belongings by repurposing your old items and by purchasing reusable bags at the store. Reusable bags are not only more beneficial for the environment, but also sturdier and can hold more items. Both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort now have reusable bags you can purchase as well, with fun Disney park designs! You can also purchase a reusable water bottle instead of continuously using and tossing plastic water bottles. Additionally, think about ways you can donate old items and be aware of what products you’re able to place in your blue recycle bin.
It doesn’t take much effort to be environmentally-friendly. Grab your roommates and some friends to let them know what they can do to help the Earth become a better place. If you’d like to help in more ways outside of Disney Housing, visit the HUB and VoluntEAR for various Earth Month events. Remember, the best way to promote change is by taking the first step! Take the leap today.