Over the holidays, I visited a relative who made fun of recycling. I was shocked, to say the least. Really, how can anyone doubt recycling today? Places like Madison, Wisconsin, have had mandatory curb side recycling since the 1980s. We simply don’t have enough room in landfills to store our trash, and while it’s relatively inexpensive today to buy new water bottles and aluminum cans, producing those products from scratch results in subtle increases in our expenses for necessities like gasoline.
We have three small, square recycling bins in our house. They fit neatly under an overhang on the kitchen counter, almost like they were made to be there. They are each small step-cans made out of chrome on the outside with plastic buckets inside. We have them in alphabetical order.
Aluminum is where the aluminum cans go. Our local humane society gets cash for recycling them, so we accumulate a big bag worth in the shed, and then my husband drops them off periodically. (I think he takes them so that I won’t be tempted to bring home a pet.) Next is paper. It should be obvious what goes in there. Last is plastic. We now have found a place that recycles steel cans too, so we’re collecting them also, even though they don’t fit in our neat little bins. We’re still trying to find somewhere near here that will take glass.
Because we recycle so much and compost our non-meat food waste (more on that later this week), we don’t have to pay the exorbitant rates for rural trash pickup. We generate very little trash, and we can dispose of it easily ourselves.
Does your community have curbside recycling? Do you, like us, come up with easy ways to recycle without curbside pickup?