Ann Arbor, MI, now has single-stream recycling, which means they provide a big blue dumpster bin (same size as a trash bin), and the truck collects it and takes it all to the recycling center, where it is separated.
Here in Jackson, MI, I still have to separate my recycling by category. Although there are places I could drive to and put it in their bins, I recently started paying $10/mo for weekly recycling pickups. Most of my trash recycles. Most of my non-recyclable trash is cat litter from my 4 indoor kitties, and I use the big plasticized dry cat food bags to collect it.
I have never heard of recycling not accepting steel cans! I thought that was one thing they made money from by selling the metal!
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My mother and brother won't recycle and don't approve of my attempts. I have to take them to bins too. We have to haul our own garbage and even where the dumpters are there are some bins. They have a really big one for cardboard now. They don't take steel cans or the plastic petfood bags or the black plastic food dishes (or the white meat trays) my mother buys so many of (I use some of them for feeding and water bowls) so I still take them to another place.
They took out the newspaper recycling trailer at the dumpsters. I keep some around for cage liners for icu or post surgery recovery cats when I have them. I get a lot of milage out of soda bottles since I use them to carry water to the water bowls (I use larger juice bootles for that) and keep me a little ice water available. It is a good thing since I drink mostly water and not a lot of soft drinks. Now my family has a water well business, but they are buying bottled water for them and the employees. I and my animals are still drinking the well water.
Edited by: SDANLSON at: 8/30/2012 (11:47)
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It sounds like you're already taking stuff in. Could you suggest that if they separate theirs out you'll take them. It's more extra work, but it'll point out to them that people are noticing, and get them ready for when the blue bins appear.
Our town Davis, CA just went to accepting almost all plastics instead of just 1s and 2s in the curbside bins, and I've been trying to get the word out.
If I can not reduce the amount of packaging in something I but I try to recycle as much of it as possible. Chicago has started a Blue recycling bin program but it isn't finished yet. I live in an area of the city that must collect our recyclables and then find the nearest city receptacle (usually at one of our parks) and bring them there. It is a little more work, but the city promises that we will all have our own blue bin by the end of this year. I notice that I don't ever fill my regular garbage can completely like my neighbors. My neighbors also have lots of recyclables sticking out of their garbage cans. Any suggestions on how to get my neighbors to recycle?
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