I don't like the chore of recycling, but I am proud to say that I do it. Why? Because I am doing my part to help the environment for myself, for my children, their children and so on. Baloney you say? Actually, no. It's truer than you think.
What Does Biodegradable Mean?
Biodegradable means that a substance or object is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. Anything made of organic compounds is biodegradable. The problem is how long it takes. Unfortunately, some substances take so long (we are talking hundreds to millions of years) that they could be considered non-biodegradable.
What Do I Know?
I know there are arguments for why recycling is a waste of time. How it actually costs more money than it saves, etc. Despite all of the arguments (and there are many), what I do know is this:
Should You Recycle?
YES! Obviously I believe that it is our personal responsibility to get rid of all our garbage in the most responsible way possible and this means recycling, reusing, repurposing, and polluting our environment as little as possible in the process.
Side note: It's practically impossible not to pollute. Driving a car, burning fuel to cook and many other things all contribute to polluting the Earth whether you want to or not.
The Basics of Recycling at Home: Metal, Plastic, Glass and Paper
STEP 1 - Know Your Town's Expectations
Where I live we only have to separate into three containers. Metals, plastics, and glass all go into one, paper/corrugated cardboard goes in another, and regular garbage into the third. The bins were provided by my town (thanks to my tax dollars) and they really make it easy for us to recycle.
If your town doesn't provide the containers then you need to provide them yourself. You will definitely need to know exactly what they expect as far as sorting goes so you know how many containers to get. If you don't know your town's expectations then either call them directly or google them online!
STEP 2 - Know What Can Be Recycled
No matter what town you live in the basics of recycling are pretty much the same. At this point in time pretty much every town recycles metal, plastic, glass, and paper/cardboard in some way. However, not all metals, plastics, etc. are created equal. This is why it's important to know exactly what your town accepts and doesn't accept.
STEP 3 - Get Rid Of It!
Ours is picked up every Wednesday. The town has a schedule as to which Wednesday is Paper/Cardboard, and which is Metal-Glass-Plastic. This is of course different everywhere. My parents live upstate and they actually have to bring it to the local waste facility (dump) themselves. They have an option to pay for a local service to do this, but either way it is important to know where, when, and how to properly get rid of your recyclables! Remember: you are doing a good thing! Be proud:-)
Part II Coming Soon: What about the oddball items?
Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!