Monday, August 15, 2005

Let's keep our beautiful forest, use reycled paper.


Steve of Beaverton, OR said...

Recycling window coverings is pretty difficult. If a mini blind is beyond potential reuse, an aluminum mini blind can be broken down and sorted by metal type using a magnet to find aluminum versus any steel content. My local recycling center has separate bins for each metal.

Finding a non-profit that will accept used window coverings is not easy. Many refuse to accept them because they aren't really in good enough shape to hang and people are just getting rid of junk, or the product doesn't come to them with brackets that are needed.

I don't have the resources to take the old window coverings away; disposal is up to the owner.

One simple recycle tip for brown paper grocery bags...I keep half a dozen grocery bags in my vechicle so they are always there when I go to the grocery store, or even buy a jug of milk at the convenience store. The grocery store even pays me 3 cents each for bringing them in. They can be reused several times. When they aren't suitable for groceries anymore, I try to use them one last time to take bottles and cans to the recycling center and then toss the empty grocery bags in the right bin.

To save floor space in the garage, I strung up a fish net (think I bought it at a party store) and toss in light things like flattened plastic milk jugs, 2 liter pop bottles and empty cans. When the net is full its time to do recycling.

I find it easier to use my local recycling center instead of using curb side recycling. When you have as much cardboard as I do, those little curb side bins don't work. And if it is raining it's a mess to handle. I just flatten cardboard and slide it under the spot in the garage where the van sits. The van helps flatten it out even more. I'm careful to keep the cardboard away from the hot exhaust system and to avoid driving over any staples. Sometimes cardboard gets flattened and stacked in a corner until an economical load is ready to go to the recycle center. They take cardboard, metals, glass, newspaper, office paper and plastic milk jugs and I take all that stuff in one big load every few months. The only thing they don't take is sytrofoam, which is bulky and ends up in the trash.

One thing I just started leaving at curb side is yard debris. At no charge, the garbage company provides an oversized rolling can just for yard debris. They pick up every other week.

I receive a publication several times a year that itemizes all kinds of materials and where it can be recycled locally. Oregon is big on recycling!

Barbara of Aurora, IL said...

I live in a suburb of Chicago and we have an awesome recycling program! Once a week my trash, recycling and yard waste go out. We do have to put a sticker on each can and each yard waste bag ($2.17 each) but you really think about what you throw out.

My city takes all numbers of plastics, large styrofoam and all types of paper (even my tubes, the toilet paper tubes, etc.)

I have two bins each week and sometimes even more. I don't always fill my can. The styrofoam peanuts we have can go to the local mailbox store or my husband takes them to work.

Our county has a hazardous waste spot and is open every Sat. and Sun. from 9-5. They take oil, batteries, paints etc. We can usually just drive in and out.

Living in an area like mine has it's pros and cons, but the pros make it a nice place to be.

I was recently on vacation and it killed me not to be able to recycle like we do here. My husband travels and brings home all of his water bottles. He can't bear to throw them away!

Chris in Seattle said...

I do recycle. Have been doing it since it was first available when I lived in Tacoma in 1977.

We had to collect it an take it to recycling sites...cans, bottles & paper.

Now I live in Seattle & it is collected at our home office is also in my home, so that generates a lot of recycled paper.

I also buy recycled copier paper and other products when I see them available.

I also recycle in other ways...I sell & buy clothes from consignment stores. I purchase furniture from consignment stores for clients & sometimes sell mine there as well. We recycle our yard waste & divide our loads to the dump.

Susan in PA said...

Here in Broomall, PA (12 miles west of Philadelphia) we are very committed to recycling.

Besides newspapers, cans & glass, we also recycle LEAVES. On several days in the autumn, the township vacuums up leaves left at the curb (not in any containers, just piled close to the curb). They are transported to an open site, where they are left to compost themselves. Next spring, township residents may come & take
as much as they like to use in their gardens. We have a large garden,
and compost is like black gold.

At the local supermarkets, plastic
bags are collected. At local churches & synagogues, used cell phones are collected. They are reconditioned & given to needy women in abusive relationships or with small children. In case of an
emergency, the phones connect to emergency services.

At my workplace,we also collect flattened cartons & used ink containers from our color copiers. There is a group that collects the cartridges for some purpose (refilling?) There may be other things being done also, but
these are all I can think of right now.

Helen in Georgia said...

There used to be a place to take your papers, plastic and aluminum and tincans. It was a very busy place as people became accustomed to recycling. It was supported by the county Govt and they have closed it down.

Now, the same solid waste company involved in the scandal is picking up re-cyclables curbside for an extra charge.

No one I know is participating, however, perhaps due to the memory of their past history.

I live in an unincorporated village of St. Simons Island, in Glynn County,GA.

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