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Sunday, February 23, 2014

My community has been using the one container re-cycling for about a year now. Since I am an avid supporter of re-using, re-purposing, or re-cycling to save the environment as well as my wallet I have been very happy with this. I have also found recently that I have much less "trash" than I used to have. They gave us HUGE re-cycling bins when they started this program. I tend to wait until it is filled to drag it to the end of my 125 foot driveway--especially in the winter and when it snows-like the 2 feet I got last week. At first the bin took 4 weeks to be enough. My "trash" amount was about 2 bags a week. Now I still take 4 weeks but my "trash" may take 2 weeks. I am down to usually one trash bag a week. But as I get better at re-cycling, composting, re-purposing I can forgo a week now and then because I do not have enough trash to begin to fill a 30 gallon bag. I suppose I could buy smaller bags. But on occasion I due to de-cluttering, gardening, "life" I may be back to two or more bags occasionally. Since I already bought a couple boxes of 50 of those bags I would rather use them and take out "trash" less frequently. Composting has decreased my need for "trash" as well.

Why am I so obsessed with re-cycling? Probably due to how I was raised. Extras were hard to come by so nothing was wasted. I kind of lost that while I was working those 70 hour work weeks with 3 hour daily computes. I was so exhausted I took the easy way out. I bought more "junk" food, did not make or take time to reuse, re-cycle, or compost. As I was looking back on it. I realized I was being foolish. My family did not really splurge or waste time since I did not have any time to waste. But I was so wrapped up in the paying the bills and needing to work I forgot that perhaps I needed to be re-cycled. Yes, I needed to find a way to redo my life so I could make it a better environment for me. Strange. My own false idea of needing to have a job that nearly killed me created an toxic environment. I got less sleep, ate badly, wasted more "stuff", and gained a huge amount of weight which also made my body toxic.

So now that I am retired I relish the re-cycling mode. I sleep eight hours a day instead of 5. I eat better more healthy food which as enabled me to lose weight. I am happier. My hobbies allow me to grow and learn. Old books are new again. New books can be read. Life is good.
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    We have recyclebank and earn points for recycling which can be traded for things at their site. Our city started off with bins, but now have a thing that looks like a large trash can on wheels. We can put in mixed recycling. I don't compost because of the dog. We sell our aluminum and scrap metal to a recycling business.

    I donate to The Salvation Army things they can sell in their Thrift Store. It is good not to fill up the landfill with things that can be used.
    1455 days ago
    Oh how I hear you! I was on the 70 hour work treadmill for years, and it was so bad. I am not retired, but don't have such a demanding job now. Yes, it doesn't pay like the old one, but I am happy! And that is what is important!! And I do recycle as well - and donate things I no longer use. My trash is someone's treasure, and they don't have to pick thru a landfill to find it! LOL

    Have a great day!
    1456 days ago
    In my little town we promote recycling, composting, re-using, & re-purposing, too!
    It is gratifying to know we are doing our part to make our world a better place.
    1457 days ago
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    1457 days ago
    Love it! You are really doing your part for the environment! Great blog...Have a super Sunday, Spark buddy! You always make me smile! emoticon
    1457 days ago
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