How's your recycling?

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  1. Johnv

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    My wife and I have been living in our current house for about 2 years now. Our municipal waste service provides us with three bins: one for trash, one for recyclabl materials, and one for green (yard) waste.

    A few months after moving in, we purchased an extra bin for the kitchen to hold recyclables. Also, thanks to the show "Gardening By The Yard" I now have a compost container on my kitchen counter, which holds kitchen scraps (I empty it by burying the contents about once a week, and man, do my plant love me!!).

    So, anyhoo, I've notices a pattern over the past few weeks when I put out curbside bins out: Our recycle bin is almost always full, and the trash bin is rarely more than 1/4 full (the yard waste bin only gets put out about once a month. I'm quite floored about this, because I've always been a proponent of being good stewards of the earth.

    My question is, how does that compare to your area? Does your local municipality have a recycling program? Do you compost/recycle/reduce/reuse on yoru own? If so, what do you do?
     
  2. donnA

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    I would love to sompost, since we're going to attempt to raise a bigger garden next summer, but my husband says no, why I don't know.
    We don't have a recycling program here. Wish we did, I'd be glad to do my part. Theres a place in glasgow who takes soda cans for recycling, pays for them actually, but I don't buy soda. Glasgow also has recycling, or at least I think they still do, come to think of it I have seen their little blue bins along side the trash can in a long time.
    years ago when they switched our trash pick up and the county started their own we were told we'd have recycling available, more then 10 years later still nothing. I call periodically to ask but am told nothing in the works right now.
    I''m not big on green, but I really hate throwing those big plastic laundry detergent bottles in the trash.
     
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    I was talking to mom today who lives in glasgow, she's going to find out if they still have recycling available there, and I can take my stuff there. Plus I got her interested in recycling her plastics.
     
  4. Timsings

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    We have recycling picked up for some parts of Nashville, but for the rest of us, there are recycling centers scattered around town. We have a couple near our house. There are large containers for plastics, metal, glass, mixed paper, and cardboard. Periodically, additional containers have to be added to accommodate the increasing amount of stuff being dropped off.

    Tim Reynolds
     
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    We have had a recycling program for fifteen years. There are special containers just for recyclable goods at our local dump ground.

    Despite a good program, I still pick up garbage along the roadside. One person has a McDonald's meal every day; I pick up their paper bag every night about the same place on roadside. I may catch them one day.......Big Mac, large fries!

    Happy recycling!

    Jim
     
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    We have four compost bins and four rain water butts. We recycle plastic bottles, cans etc and newspapers and glass are collected every fortnight by the bin men along with general household waste. A lot of paper waste finds its way into the woodburner in this house. Neighbours have recently got themselves some chickens so corn cobs and such go over the fence to the chucks :) Grass cuttings are used as a mulch but occassionaly we have to take them to the local tip for recycling. An impending house move means that a lot of surplus "stuff" goes to the charity shop. :)
     
  7. Johnv

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    This is quite refreshing to hear. Several years ago, I mentioned recycling on this board, and a few folks said that people who espouse recycling are liberals. I know every salad has its nuts, but that takes the cake!

    BTW, I also use lawn clippings as mulch for the planting beds. Oh, and just last month, I harvested about 20 ears of corn. Now, being in Orance County, I dont' have a large yard at all. I'm able to get quite a bit of plangint in a postage-stamp sized yard.
     
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    Since they did away with our curbside recycling and want us to drive to take it to a central location which only increases my carbon footprint :))), we don't recycle.
     
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    We compost and we burn paper waste.

    We take bottle back for the deposit and we would recycle our aluminum, but there just isn't enough to make it worth our time.
     
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    Recycling burns more fuel. I don't know that it's been shown to be really helpful yet.

    I also notice that houses and yards are a lot trashier looking now due to recycling. :( Also, if it there is wind, you find those blue bins all over the place after the stuff has been picked up, often in the streets.

    The apartment I lived in for 2 yrs. before I moved last year did not provide recycling bins. Now I rent a basement in a house and the landlords recycle, so I put my bottles in the bin for that and newspapers in the bin for that, only because they do and they ask that it be done. But I cannot carry these things to the yard on the day you put them out for collection.
     
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    Recycling out here? I have no clue, but intend to find out. I did live in an area not too long ago where I was also floored by how little actual trash there was after recycling! I took my stuff to the recycling center myself, where there were containers for plastic containers, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, and glass bottles.

    Between that and trying to make more meals from scratch rather than prepackaged foods, we had tons less to toss than most neighbors.

    But right now, without recycling? I'm average one bag of garbage (13 gallon size, not stuffed but still towards the top of the garbage can) a day and I hate true. Granted...there are seven of us, but that's still unacceptable imo and needs to change!

    New here, but I'll find out soon enough what else we can do. I've found that recycling seems much more common out where normal people live :smilewinkgrin: rather than in east and central parts of the country. The attitudes of people out this way are more "who cares?"
     
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    I throw all my garbage in the same place. Recycling is a waste of our tax dollars. It costs more money to deal with the recycling than the normal trash.
     
  13. Johnv

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    That's completely untrue. It takes much less energy to recycle products than to make them from raw material.
    Methinks that's a HUGE generalization. In my area, we our waste pickup is contracted by the city to a private contractor. The contractors provide the bins free (one for trash, one for recyclables, and one for yard waste). The recycle bin goes to a separation facility, and the separated material is sold to suppliers. The yard waste is sold to a composting company. The result is that our trash fees are relatively low. This doesnt' even address my composting, which has reduced the aound of money I spend of backyard maintenance.

    But the biggest advantage, of course, is that our local landfill gets less waste. This is a concern for my county, because once it's full, we'll need to start transporting our waste 3 hours out of town, the site of the next closest landfill.
     
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    If I lived in Hawaii or Maine, I could make a small fortune on all the Powerade that I drink because you get $.05 for every bottle you recycle. That means I could probably get about $1.00 to $2.00 a month. Since I don't ever plan on going to either of those places, I just throw the bottles away.
     
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    We now have a brown bin - this takes garden waste and is collected every 2 weeks by the local authority. This costs us £31 per year. I have also bought an incinerator, which I use to burn all the diseased rose clippings et and the stuff that won't go into the brown bin. I will use the ash on the garden. We have also bought another compost bin, so that makes 5 now plus the heap on which Rob puts the grass clippings. :)
     
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    They make it pretty easy here. We have two large trash bins provided by the county. One bin is for garbage and the other is for recycling. Very easy -- put your garbage in one and your recyclables in the other. Take bin to the street for pick up on the right day.
     
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    where people have recycling like that do they charge extra for it?
     
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    No extra charge. That's just the way it is. I'm sure that they charge enough as is it.
     

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