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THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
12/12/12 7:07 A

No. I have to get with the program

TRYINGTOLOSE64 Posts: 54,995
12/12/12 7:05 A

I try to be

TCANNO SparkPoints: (116,945)
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12/12/12 6:52 A

Yes I think so, least I try to be


RHONDA-MULKEY SparkPoints: (3,115)
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12/12/12 6:42 A

No I need to work on it

TENNISJIM Posts: 10,280
12/12/12 6:17 A

I try and I try to encourage others

SSCOTT331 SparkPoints: (22,793)
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12/12/12 6:05 A

No I should try and do better.

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,256
12/12/12 5:38 A

I'm pretty good; now that our city takes almost everything I am a happy camper and religiously recycle.

LWLAR7 Posts: 591
12/12/12 5:14 A

YES

LYNN955 Posts: 701
12/12/12 4:31 A

yup

DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (346,670)
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12/12/12 1:16 A

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NFLATTE SparkPoints: (207,183)
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12/12/12 12:45 A

yes

FITWITHIN SparkPoints: (289,436)
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12/11/12 10:31 P

I'm a big emoticon emoticon .

LACIEKAY SparkPoints: (7,052)
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12/11/12 9:48 P

meh.. i'm not as good as i should be. but i do recycle the big stuff.. like boxes and milk jugs.

GLEORIA SparkPoints: (53,229)
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12/11/12 9:25 P

I am getting better

BROWNCOFIDDLER Posts: 3,831
12/11/12 9:19 P

yes

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (295,953)
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12/11/12 9:13 P

I think I do pretty well, but there is always room to improve.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,745
12/11/12 8:58 P

I thought I was but I read these things and realize that I can do better


SDROCHELLE SparkPoints: (5,027)
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12/11/12 8:05 P

I try to be. I always bring my own bags to the grocery store (it's great to see so many others do, as well). Today I forgot, but since I was only picking up toilet paper, I told the cashier not to give me a bag. I assume my neighbours have to use it too, so I won't feel too silly walking it in from the car sans bag.

I also try to adhere to what's to be put in the blue can vs. the black can for pick up. And I put all of my Coke cans (yes, I still drink diet soda), back into the carton they were bought in so that I can leave that outside of the blue box for those who are homeless so they don't have to dig through the can for them.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
12/11/12 7:59 P

Our community has offered recycling options for many years. We recycle and compost just about everything.

I'm also looking into adding a rain barrel to collect rainwater for summer use in the garden.

1954MARG Posts: 243
12/11/12 2:24 P

Pretty good

BABYSOX SparkPoints: (82,807)
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12/11/12 2:06 P

Thanks for all of the replies. it is great to see how diverse everyone is on this topic and I am happy that the majority of replies are positive for recycling!!

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
12/5/12 11:11 P

yes we pay for our trash bags so recycling really saves on the bags we have to buy

LEANIE64 SparkPoints: (22,789)
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12/5/12 11:05 P

Yes..paper products go into the woodstove in the winter..burn pile in summer. Cans and other non burnables are picked up...and food particles are given to chickens.

PCASEY7 Posts: 2,866
12/5/12 10:41 P

yes

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (16,877)
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12/5/12 10:35 P

Yes. I have been recycling for 40 years!

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SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 7,376
12/5/12 10:00 P

Yes

MNOT2THICK Posts: 10,773
12/5/12 9:47 P

Yes

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (81,097)
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12/5/12 9:29 P

Not great, but good.

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (34,393)
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12/5/12 9:13 P

I re-use paper in the office and avoid disposable napkins and plates. The rest is worth a little real research.
Fact is most "re-use" of consumables costs more in dollars, time and resources than the alternative. Not a popular opinion, I know...but check it out.

RETIREDMAMA3 SparkPoints: (9,519)
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12/5/12 9:05 P

Our school has paper bins on the school property and I take my newspapers, junk mail (with no name or address on it) and put it in their bins after Church. If I do this on Sunday I know there are no school children on the grounds. I also take my magazines ( name and address cut off the bottom) to the hospital and they are distributed to the waiting lounges for patients to look at.

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,020
12/5/12 8:58 P

We use a burn barrel for - well, burnable stuff. Cans and bottles go into a recycling center in town, and the chickens get anything edible. They love helping to clean out the refrigerator!

OFGREENGABLES Posts: 514
12/5/12 8:42 P

put a whole bunch out today!

NFLATTE SparkPoints: (207,183)
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12/5/12 8:38 P

YES! My recycling bins are always more full than my garbage can.

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (158,474)
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12/5/12 8:35 P

I use and reuse absolutely everything that hasn't disintegrated. But I DO NOT purchase "blue bags" or ANY garbage bags to throw things away in. I'm so glad grocery stores have not banned bags here - when they do, I'll have to grab large amounts of veggie bags for my garbage. I can't possibly afford to actually pay money to throw things away. If I had to, I'd use envelopes, old boxes - anything except paying for trash bags. I don't take things to a recycling center - gas costs way too much money, too. I just keep trying to use everything I have in any way I can.

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NEEKEPOO Posts: 682
12/5/12 8:33 P

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FRANKELLIOTT Posts: 2,029
12/5/12 8:27 P

yes

CAROLIAN SparkPoints: (107,664)
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12/5/12 7:46 P

I hope i am i try to recycle everything

MAGGIEVAN SparkPoints: (149,167)
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12/5/12 1:24 P

Yes.

AUTUMNGLORY7 Posts: 847
12/5/12 10:40 A

I wasn't always, but now I am a very good recycler...and happy to do it....

NORWOODGIRL SparkPoints: (147,427)
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12/4/12 5:24 P

I definitely recycle and compost, too.

HHB4181 SparkPoints: (83,674)
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12/4/12 5:22 P

I think I am. I try to recycle as much as possible.

LITTLE1DER Posts: 934
12/4/12 5:06 P

This is funny!
We lived in an apartment for 6 years and about year 3 they took out the recycling bins because people kept putting their trash in them. We threw a bag of garbage away almost every day after that (more if we were entertaining).
We recently bought our first home and we recycle as much as we can. We have maybe1 bag of trash (non recyclable) a week and if it's more, it's because something went smelly before the bag was full and we had to take it out and start fresh.
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CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (32,730)
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12/4/12 1:53 P

I'm a pretty avid recycler. I currently live in a condo neighborhood that does not recycle though. We have a large rubbermaid bin on the back porch that we use to collect and transport our recyclables to a drop-off center. I also save all veggie scraps to use to make vegetable stock. our condo backs to to a wooded area, so we just take the leftovers from making the stock into the woods. It's not as useful as making compost, but we don't have a yard and been 0-3 on growing vegetables in containers on the deck.



SECTION1RON Posts: 5,570
12/4/12 1:28 P

Most of the time.

SUMMERSHORTS Posts: 200
12/4/12 1:25 P

We recycle as much as possible here - glass, plastic, metal, paper/cardboard. It also reduces the amount of rubbish going into the bin. We have a compost heap and all our vegetable and fruit waste, egg shells, used tea bags etc go onto it so we can use it in the garden. Unfortunately there is no way to avoid bringing home packaging when we shop but at least we recycle as much of it as we can.

MS0669 SparkPoints: (40,000)
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12/4/12 1:13 P

Yes - we try to be as "green" as possible

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 5,637
12/4/12 1:12 P

Yes, very conscience.

NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
12/4/12 1:12 P

yes

DIDS70 Posts: 5,088
12/4/12 1:11 P

I keep everything in glass containers. I don't use ziplock packaging very often. If i do, I use it until it wears out. I don't get the plastic bags from grocery stores. i stocked up on bags from WF or Trader Joes or Earthfare and take those grocery shopping with me.
I don't buy packaged foods so i have little to know package waste. Most of my food is plant based and living foods. The nice thing with that is that i can use most to all of it and throw out extremely little.
If I juice, I can dehydrate the pulp or use it in my smoothies.Same thing when I make almond or other nut milks. The pulp can be frozen and thrown into a smoothie or dehydrated and used as nut flour.
Unfortunately my complex I live at doesn't recycle, so sometimes if i have a lot, I take it to the recycling center by myself.

BABYSOX SparkPoints: (82,807)
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12/4/12 12:59 P

I recently have started to recycle and I am working towards a no waste home. I would love to hear any creative ideas on how you recycle or how you reduce or reuse.

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