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.