how good are you at recycling?

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    Mar 06, 2014 8:17 PM GMT
    My trash company instituted better recycling a few years ago. Now we have 3 trash cans (wheeled totes); blue for recyclables, green for yard waste, and brown for land fill/non-recyclables.

    When I run on trash days I'm disappointed by how many people I see who don't use their blue recycling tote. With me it's just the opposite; often it's only the blue one that's on the curb.

    How aggressive are you with recycling?
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    Mar 06, 2014 8:21 PM GMT
    I can't say I recycle unless I'm at work.
    Didn't Pen and Teller debunk recycling or something?

    Oh yeah, here it is
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    Mar 06, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    Very much so. I separate all the recycle into bins. And i take wine bottles, can, milk jugs etc to the recycle place. They pay me money for it.. LOL… icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 06, 2014 9:43 PM GMT
    There is no trash service out here. I have to haul it to town myself. So I usually try to wait until there is a truck-load.

    I have four blue 50-gal. roll-carts for recycled stuff and two green 90 gal. roll-carts for general trash. Plus a big apple bin for cardboard. Oh, and a small barrel for used oil.

    And of course, kitchen waste gets mixed with the floor sweepings and goes into the compost. Along with yard and greenhouse waste.

    (I also provide 90 gal. roll-carts for my brothers family and until recently for my parents, because if I didn't, they'd just throw their trash in a gully. Or worse.) This includes trash for the farm and my lab business, which is most of it actually.

    The biggest problem is that the recycle carts fill up far faster than the trash. General trash first goes into the compactor. But recycled containers are mostly air, and take up a disproportional amount of space.

    It's true that depending on the market price, some recyclables just get dumped into the general trash, at the transfer station. But at least they don't charge me to dispose of them.

    I've experimented with chipping orchard waste for mulch, but so far, the cost is just too high. Most of it gets burned. Sooner or later, burning will be banned though.
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    Mar 06, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
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    Mar 06, 2014 9:53 PM GMT
    We have a blue bin for recycling plastics, glass and metal, a blue bag for newsprint, a yellow one for other kinds of paper fiber products, a regular garbage bin, and one for green yard waste and food scraps.

    Regular garbage is incinerated, then goes to a landfill. The yard waste and food scraps go to a local facility where they are churned with bacterias and slowly reduced to compost for gardens etc.

    Plastic bags from shopping are returned to stores where they are collected en masse and recycled into other products. We don't use the fiber shopping bags as they break down too quickly from washing (nasty bugs grow in them) and it's our understanding that they're not recyclable.
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    Mar 06, 2014 10:25 PM GMT
    I was practically OCD about it when I lived in a full service doorman building and all I had to do was dump the non-recyclables down a chute and chuck paper and plastics into the big open receptacles right by the elevator.

    I was worst at it when I lived in a big house on a hill where I had to walk two flights of stairs to get to ground level and then down a slick slippery 45 degree driveway to a narrow unlevel curb. When I lived there, the planet could bite me.
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    Mar 07, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    I'm constantly taking our recycle bin down to empty it into the 'big blue can'. If I don't get down there within a few days of them being emptied, they're full. We recycle more than we dump in the dumpster!
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    Mar 07, 2014 7:43 AM GMT
    I really don't think about it that much. At home, all the trash goes in one can.
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    Mar 07, 2014 8:39 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMy trash company instituted better recycling a few years ago. Now we have 3 trash cans (wheeled totes); blue for recyclables, green for yard waste, and brown for land fill/non-recyclables.

    When I run on trash days I'm disappointed by how many people I see who don't use their blue recycling tote. With me it's just the opposite; often it's only the blue one that's on the curb.

    How aggressive are you with recycling?

    At our condo in California, we do very little. It is required by law that condo and apartment complexes are supposed to offer bins for recycling, but many still do not and it doesn't seem to be enforced. Our association has put a blue bin in the courtyard, but say they only take containers with a California crv value, and then they still do not take glass because the pool is in the courtyard. This doesn't meet the requirements of what they are supposed to do. When we are back in Michigan for the summer, we recycle religiously. Our bin is overflowing every week. There are probably only three or four others houses on our street that do it. I am better at it than my boyfriend and he thinks I am obsessive with it, because usually at the end of everyday I am picking through the trash to see what he slipped in there that should have been in the recycle bin. He also gets mad because I wash everything before putting it in the bin.
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    Mar 07, 2014 8:59 AM GMT
    i recycle almost everything, the recycling bins are twice as close in the complex as the trash dumpster.
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    Mar 07, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidAt our condo in California, we do very little. It is required by law that condo and apartment complexes are supposed to offer bins for recycling, but many still do not and it doesn't seem to be enforced. Our association has put a blue bin in the courtyard, but say they only take containers with a California crv value, and then they still do not take glass because the pool is in the courtyard. This doesn't meet the requirements of what they are supposed to do. When we are back in Michigan for the summer, we recycle religiously. Our bin is overflowing every week. There are probably only three or four others houses on our street that do it. I am better at it than my boyfriend and he thinks I am obsessive with it, because usually at the end of everyday I am picking through the trash to see what he slipped in there that should have been in the recycle bin. He also gets mad because I wash everything before putting it in the bin.

    Wow, I'm surprised at this. I guess I just assumed that most of CA was really into recycling. Our blue cans are always full and there are about 6 in our building alone. Everything recyclable goes into them also, cardboard, paper, glass, plastics, everything. This keeps a lot of garbage out of the bin and for us, just means we take our household bin down about once a week to dump it.

    Oh and I don't rinse out the items unless they're really gunky.
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    Mar 07, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
    i live in a rural area, high property taxes but no trash pickup. What ever you bring in here you have to hall out when your done with it.

    Its not much more effort to recycle.
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    Mar 07, 2014 8:05 PM GMT
    Brown is for everything that isn't plastic or carton.

    Blue is used for plastic and carton.

    I don't have green.

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    Mar 07, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidOh and I don't rinse out the items unless they're really gunky.

    I don't rinse everything but I might be rinsing more than is necessary. I believe that rinsing is merely saving the trash company money; less washing for them.

    But I don't empty my inside recycle bucket every day and in the summer I think it's a good idea to rinse stuff so that it doesn't start stinking, or draw ants.
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    Mar 07, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
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    Iceblink saidAt our condo in California, we do very little. It is required by law that condo and apartment complexes are supposed to offer bins for recycling, but many still do not and it doesn't seem to be enforced. Our association has put a blue bin in the courtyard, but say they only take containers with a California crv value, and then they still do not take glass because the pool is in the courtyard. This doesn't meet the requirements of what they are supposed to do. When we are back in Michigan for the summer, we recycle religiously. Our bin is overflowing every week. There are probably only three or four others houses on our street that do it. I am better at it than my boyfriend and he thinks I am obsessive with it, because usually at the end of everyday I am picking through the trash to see what he slipped in there that should have been in the recycle bin. He also gets mad because I wash everything before putting it in the bin.

    Wow, I'm surprised at this. I guess I just assumed that most of CA was really into recycling.

    Remember when I was pulling your leg about San Franciscans being so politically correct? I swear, you guys live in a rarefied atmosphere. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 07, 2014 11:33 PM GMT
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    eb925guy saidOh and I don't rinse out the items unless they're really gunky.

    I don't rinse everything but I might be rinsing more than is necessary. I believe that rinsing is merely saving the trash company money; less washing for them.

    But I don't empty my inside recycle bucket every day and in the summer I think it's a good idea to rinse stuff so that it doesn't start stinking, or draw ants.


    I figure that I'm running the dishwasher anyway, it doesn't cost me any time or money to just stick the empty containers in there too. Of course, I'm sure that 99.99% of the public does not rinse or sort, so in the grand scheme of things, my contribution is a bit quixotic. But that's normal.