July 1, 2010 @ 9:11 am

Most people these days are fairly good at keeping up with recycling systems in their home. But in your car, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.  Tossing all the garbage out just before a carwash or while filling up at the gas station is usually what happens for most of us.

It’s actually even easier to recycle the trash from your car than it is at home. Here are a few simple tips for being greener on the road.  Please comment if you’ve got a special tip for keeping your car ‘green’ too!

  • Buy a second trash bin like some of the ones we recommended earlier Shoot for a flexible receptacle that can be easily stashed in the trunk or behind a seat. If you can, buy a green one (or whatever the color of your home recycling containers) so it’s clearly the “recycle” bin. Then toss all your recyclables into that bin. If you’re not sure what you can recycle, you can check Earth 911’s recycling  list or check with your local recycling agency.
  • Create a bi-weekly clean out plan. If you have kids, make it a game and give them “green points” for finding every recyclable item in the car. Maybe they get to keep the spare change that’s always under the seat. Or create some other reward to help motivate them to keep your car green.
  • Your car accessories can also be recycled! Air fresheners, steering wheel covers and those paper mats left by the mechanic after an oil change can all be recycled.  Even floor mats and sound systems are candidates for reuse if you’re feeling really ambitious. Again check with your local recycler for options or ask your favorite auto body shop.  Don’t have a favorite? Visit carhelp.com’s list http://carhelp.com/shops of authorized auto shops. Membership is free!)

For more tips on recycling in the car, visit Earth 911 or Recycle.net http://recycle.net

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