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Why Did My Recycling Get Bigger & My Trash got Smaller?

Posted by apwood on October 13, 2008

Because I found out how to do it! Sounds silly but I did not get the “Recycle Instructions” when I moved into my current home.  The only thing I knew was that you threw the metal cans and glass bottles in the green recycle bin.  I also saw some people putting out boxes (that were broken down) so when I ordered something that came in a box, I did the same.

When my daughter’s school did a recycling drive (where you could bring in catalogs and magazines to recycle) I got to thinking that there had to be so much more I could be doing.

Then I saw on TV that one Pizza chain in NY City recycles their pizza boxes.

I began to try and find more about recycling online. I didn’t have much look searching so I called my local borough.  The lady was very kind and offered to send me out the instructions.  Which she did.

I’ve now cut my trash in 1/2 and doubled my recycling!

How? Well, All of the paper I was throwing in my trash can (i.e. – junk mail, shredded bills, magazines, paper etc) all goes in a brown paper bag next to my recycling bin.

I also took the box thing a step further by breaking down every box (i.e. – cereal, cracker, popcorn) and I mean every box!  Then I tie them up and place them next to my recycling bin.

It is amazing how much of a difference it makes!  It may take a few extra seconds to break the box down, and a few extra minutes on the day of pick up to tie up the boxes, but knowing that I’m doing my part to help preserve our beautiful Earth makes it so worth it to me.

I was also happy to see that my local grocery store now has boxes for you to recycle plastic bags and batteries!

If you live in Chester County Pennslyvania, here is a link to the Solid Waste Authority. You can drop off computers, cell phones, and motor oil and such.

It has become something I think about now and I look forward to when everything is recycled.

Why should we keep dumping plastic bags full of things that we don’t recycle to sit in holes in the Earth?

There is more on the NO side of the recycling instructions then the YES.  Why can’t we recycle napkins, milk cartons, juice boxes, pet food bags, photographs, plastic envelopes, light bulbs and so on?

I hope it becomes a priority and one day sooner than later all we get is really big recycling bins and no more trash cans!

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