Saturday, July 20, 2013
Sometimes I feel like I'm being ridiculous, but really - there's no reason NOT to recycle everything you can! I take my own bags to the grocery store, I reuse some extra grocery store bags I have to use as trash can liners, and I recycle the rest. In my area, it's not hard to do that. It seems like every grocery store has a plastic bag recycling bin at the entrance, and I just collect all the extra bags I accumulate (bread bags too, because I read they could be recycled the same as grocery bags) and when the wad gets big enough, I take it to the store with me and stuff it in the bin.
But someone at work brought a bunch of candy leftover from his kids' birthday party in a Target bag...and then threw the Target bag in the trash can after he dumped the candy in a basket on the lunch table. So I got it right back out this morning (he's not in the office today, so it's a little less weird for me to be taking "trash" back out of the can) since there wasn't anything gross in the trash can that would have made the bag too dirty...and I'm taking it home with me to add to our bag stash.
I have done the same thing with cardboard boxes for office supplies and cardboard toilet paper tubes. They go in the backpack and get carted an hour west back home so that I can put them in our recycling bin. :)
My mind is so anti-waste, wait-can-I-reuse-this-or-at-le
ast-recycle-it? all the time, I have difficulty understanding why people will throw out perfectly recyclable things so frequently. I hate seeing people throw out plastic water bottles in the city trash cans, for instance. Is it that hard to just hang on to the bottle until you get home? I guess not all localities have recycling programs, but they do where I live and so I tend to think these people have no excuse.
Anyways, just felt the need to eco-rant for a minute there. :)