Monday, May 23, 2011
We produce a lot of crap
We have made a much more deliberate effort to recycle over the last few months. It has been very telling:
we produce a lot of crap
Thankfully, we have caught many, many things that can be recycled which had previously hit the landfill.
Our nearest recycling is a 30 minute drive. We have a neighbor who goes regularly and doesn't mind taking some of it in for us (repeat: a LOT of crap). Yesterday it was pretty great when he - the Recycle Guru - said, "They won't take those cups right there." And my eight-year-old said, "They do! Look at the bottom. There's the little triangle!"
It can be a pain in the rump, but it feels SO GOOD! It also breaks my heart to think of how much glass and plastic are sitting across Texas and Oklahoma because of our family. Granted, we haven't always had access to adequate programs. Many times our hands were tied. Yet, even when we had the opportunity, we didn't always use it fully.
We have kicked our own selves in the butts.
So, needless to say, I was doing cartwheels just now when I read about the "Ask for Glass" campaign (you can find them via Facebook and Twitter). It is sponsored by the Glass Packaging Institute. Consumers are demanding more glass, because it is 100% recyclable and virtually inert - nothing transfers when you heat it. People are asking and companies are listening. Heinz is reintroducing its glass ketchup bottle this summer!
It makes me very happy to think that my kids will grow up with recycling as a norm.
If you do not currently practice recycling, I challenge you to spend one week and pay attention to every single thing you're about to throw in the trash. If it can be recycled, put it in a separate container. See what you have when you're done. It will blow your mind.