Do you recycle? Not really a debate...

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If not, why not?

As a lot of you know, my husband, son and I moved from Florida to upstate NY almost a year ago. In Florida, everyone I know and everywhere you go, people recycle. It's just the way it is and thankfully, it's the norm. Even a lot of apartment complexes, who used to only offer a dumpster for all trash, have started offering recycling options. So this town where we live now, it's run totally differently. Whereas in Florida, your city taxes pay for garbage and recycling (and the containers), here, you shop around and find your own company, hire them and it's a totally seperate bill to pay every month. So I immediately did that. I notice that not everyone recycles. I see lots of garbage cans out every week (different companies come on different days) but I only see a handful of recycling bins. In fact, my MIL and FIL don't hire a company at all. They take their trash up to his dad's house once a week and burn it, even though burning garbage is illegal here. They drive an hour and a half round trip, once a week, to avoid paying $20 a month.
So do you recycle? If not, I'm just curious as to why. With landfills at their limits and with space for new landfills becoming scarce, I just don't get why anyone wouldn't want to at least try and save the planet. Just a little. And this really isn't meant to be a debate. I'm just curious to see why some people wouldn't do it.

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Johnny - posted on 02/04/2011

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Hmm... I looked up the Maine thing and it said you could return it to retailers. Give it a try next time you're there.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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What we did when we moved here was to get one of those frames that installs in a lower cupboard, and it slides out. It holds two small bins. So it's easy-peasy to sort, and really doesn't take up any more room than one large bin did.

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Barb - posted on 02/07/2011

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We recycle everything.

When we lived in town, trash and recycle services were free. Out here in the county, it costs 40 to 45 dollars a month. Recycling is still free but you have to take it to the center.
We burn wood for heat for the house and hot water for showers/dishes/laundry, so we burn the small cardboard and paper trash, we take the plastics and glass in.
We own/operate a fabricating shop and have scrap metals that have to be taken in, so we just add the cans to that, but we get money for that and it goes to a separate place.

Food scraps go to a compost pile for the dogs to roll in apparently.

Someone said something earlier about jobs. This is my biggest motivation for recycling. Well, that and it's free. If i pay the garbage man to come and pick up my garbage that employs him, the scale manager, the secretary and the two guys at the dump.
If i take my recycling in, that employs the driver who picks up the recycling from the center, the line of workers who sorts it, the people who work on the machines that clean it, and the people who turn it into reusable products. So by recycling, i'm employing more people than i would by just throwing away my trash.
Especially the plastic. Anything made with plastic is made with oil. To become independent with our own resources, we must reuse and recycle those resources.

Kim - posted on 02/05/2011

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We recycle. The town only comes for recycling 2 times a month. My husband usually takes a run to the recycling center because our buckets overflow. We got small trash barrels instead of the usual buckets we have so much recycling.

Meghan when my old town started recycling if you didn't have some out they would rip thru your trash bags and throw it all over your yard. They also wanted tin and aluminum separated and paper and plastic then would throw them all together in one truck!! that really ticked me off!!

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The grocery store here has machines for plastic, cans and glass. It's a pain in the butt and it's a dirty, disgusting thing to do so I always send my husband to do it lol I keep our stuff clean, but other people don't keep their stuff clean and the machines are gross. Other than the ones at the grocery, the only place around here to take deposit stuff is to this recycle company. I've never done it but I hear they take your stuff, count it all by hand and give you the deposit money back. I've never seen anyone take anything back to gas stations or anything before. I do think Wal Mart has returns also, but I rarely go to Wal Mart anymore. Too far away :(

Rosie - posted on 02/04/2011

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yeah, there's the can machines in every walmart and every grocery store here. i can't imagine not having one easily available.

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Just want to add, if my kids knew how to recycle at 2 years old and knows what goes where, anyone can do this.



PS...Jenn- About the wife swapping, have you decided to switch with me? ; )

Jenn - posted on 02/04/2011

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@Sherri - I keep my garbage and recycling bins outside - do you not have a spot outside you could keep them? Or like someone else pointed out - you aren't creating extra garbage - it's the same amount of trash, just that it's sorted. What if you could get something in the house (assuming you do NOT have room outside) that was the same size as your garbage bin, but had 2 compartments - 1 for garbage and 1 for recycling - would you do it then?

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We recycle and for the most part i have to take it in myself bc the bins are so small that I have 10 times that much to recycle by the end of the weeks so it isn't worth it to schedule pick up. We sort and have huge bins for paper & cardboard, cans, and plastics like milk jugs and water bottles. I take it in about once per month- I should do it more often then it'd be less of a pain in the butt and my husband wouldn't complain that Ive filled the garage and loft with trash. ; ) A gf and I do it together bc she has a pick-up truck to haul it. The little neighbor girl and boy used to come over and ask to help, if they could take my cans and bottles for me, so I thought oh how nice of them wanting to help....then I found out they were getting money to cash them in. Smart little ones!

Johnny - posted on 02/04/2011

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Can't you just redeem them at any store? We could just walk into any place that sells that product, put it on the counter and they'd give us our deposit back. It doesn't cost us any extra in the long run. Most people collect them and then do a run to the recycling, but with just one or two, you can do it in a convenience store and up to a large bag worth at a grocery store.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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Honestly so glad we don't do the deposit thing on soda here. It is SOOO expensive to buy soda in ME when we visited there. Because we were only tourists we were not redeeming them back so it was just a waste of money for us and they still went in the regular trash.

Meghan - posted on 02/03/2011

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I always try too...I just heard that the city I live in is putting camera's on their trucks and then fining people hefty amounts...so now I REALLY try too!

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Sad to say but no, we don't recycle. Everything goes into the generic trash. We have regular trash pick up, but there is no recycling program here. There used to be a recylcing drop off center in town, but then it got closed down because of the budget cuts.

Sal - posted on 02/03/2011

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the thing our council does that makes it really easy is that there is no set bin for recycling, no no set amount you can throw out, it also means that if you have big boxes to toss you can fill them with your recycling, it is just so easy, every monday you see all the beer boxes full of empties out on the curb, even the drunks get into the act-lol

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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@Sherri: Yeah, sometimes we have a bit of a lineup at the dump, but it's usually pretty good. I never have to wait that long.

And I think the nice toothless man at the dump likes me, so that's probably why he always helps. He and I work together to throw all the garbage in the hopper, and then he grabs the recycling from the back seat, says hi to Sam and makes funny faces at him, and off he goes to bring it to the shed. He's good people, so instead of bringing our cans and bottles to the depot for the money, we bring them to him instead, so that he can get the money for them.

Stifler's - posted on 02/03/2011

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That's a good idea though Loureen because here we just have 2 huge bins and half the town don't really care and throw it all in their red bin and nothing in their recycle bin. If the red bin was small they'd have to so it'd all fit.

Rosie - posted on 02/03/2011

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i do have to say, i think it's stupid as hell that more states dont' do the deposit thing with pop cans and bottles. i can't imagine all the waste other states have because they don't have that program.

Charlie - posted on 02/03/2011

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The funny thing is our non recyclable bin is the smallest so you kind of HAVE to recycle everything you can or it won't fit !

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Absolutely we recycle. Most people around here do in Mass. I wish that we had the kind of system that Loureen is talking about though. That sounds so much easier. Our recycable blue bins are tiny. You can barely fit all of your stuff in them....they pick up weekly though.

Charlie - posted on 02/03/2011

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We have to recycle other wise you will be fined by the council and they won't pick up your garbage until it is sorted .

We have red bins for un recyclable garbage , blue bins for paper waste , green bins for green waste and yellow bins for recyclables such as bottles and cans which are collected fortnightly on a rotation with the other bins ( red bins weekly )

Laura - posted on 02/03/2011

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Our garbage company provides a recycling can that is twice as big as our garbage can. We throw everything that can be recycled into it and don't have to separate. It's great. We also get rewards for how much recycling we have. There is a little thing on the can they scan before they dump it in and you get points that you can spend at local businesses.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2011

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I never used to recycle, but in my area they've recently started their "recycling revolution".



Our black bag rubbish gets collected every fortnight (we can fit 2 black bags in the wheelie bin they provided, so we can only generate one bag a week). Our recycling gets collected every week, cardboard, paper, plastics, bottles tin cans etc.



It's great! For lazy people like me that never bothered, it's made it easy enough so that even I've managed to get the hang of it! lol



edited to add: They collect food waste once a week too.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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Oh gosh that is so easy Krista we have to drive in wait our turn (always huge lines) back in to the big dumpstery thing (Kind of a semi truck back end, if you get what I mean) dump it all in and if we had recycles then we have to pull all the way around to the other side of the dump wait our turn again and back in again and turn in the recyclables. No nice man to help with anything :(

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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Mary, I drive an Escape, so yeah, technically the garbage is in the vehicle with us. I just roll down all the windows, go straight to the dump with no dilly-dallying, and Febreze the hell out of the upholstery afterwards.

Mary - posted on 02/03/2011

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Krista, I drive a Honda Pilot, so the trash would have to be inside with us, unless I strapped it to the roof. In the winter, I guess I could survive it. In the summer here, when it's hot an humid....

Lady Heather - posted on 02/03/2011

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@Marylea - I also live in BC and we have to get private! Are you in the southern half of the province? That's where all the hippies are. rofl.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/03/2011

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We do. We are among the few around here though. Where my husband and I grew up, they've had curbside recycling programs since 1990, so everybody just does it. Up here it's not a city service so most people don't bother. If you don't pay for private recycling your options are limited. There isn't even anywhere to take plastics! We pay $100 a year for a private recycling company to take our stuff. They store the plastics until they have enough to send to Vancouver. I think it's a really good deal. We don't even have to sort the stuff! We just put it all in a giant bin every two weeks and they take it away and deal with it.

This spring we are finally going to start composting again. Our garbage is going to be down to hardly anything at that point. It really amazes me how we don't have to put a can out every week and then we drive down the street and see garbage bins just overflowing. We have huuuuuge bins here (all the same because there's a hydraulic truck) and people just fill them up. Crazy.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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It's not too bad, Mary. I just throw the garbage in the trunk (with a tarp underneath in case any bags leak), and the recycling bags all in the back seat, because they don't smell. I arrive at the dump, the nice man helps me unload everything, and off we go.

Mary - posted on 02/03/2011

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Again, this thread is making me love Baltimore County just a little bit more. Although you can order a special recycle bin, you don't have to. We just use a regular, large plastic trash can. All we had to do was spray paint a large X on all 4 sides of it to designate it as our recycling bin. It's not a storage issue, since if we didn't recycle, and just threw everything away together, we would still be using two large bins. Most weeks, our reccling bin is the fuller of the two, since it includes bottles, cans, and those millions of plastic containers (like the ones for sour cream, butter, detergent, shampoo....and on and on and on) as well as the cardboard boxes from crackers, rice, soda...it's amazing just how much everyday stuff can (and should) be recycled.

It's also amazing how many people will do it when it's not a huge chore. I cannot, in my wildest dreams, imagine having to make a weekly trip to the dump with ALL of my garbage in the car...yuck!

Rosie - posted on 02/03/2011

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yes, we have a very easy program that allows for it here in iowa. you pay for it along with your water and sewage bill every 2 months, i dont' even know how much it is. probably like 5 bucks.
i have found that the bins aren't big enough, and i need another one to keep up. i used to not care too much after the bin filled i would just stop, but i got another tote recently and they take it. yay!!

i honestly don't know what i'd do if it wasn't offered here. i would like to say that i would, but i am really lazy when it comes to loading up garbage in my car and taking it somewhere. it doesn't appeal to me very much.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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We don't have enough cabinets to do that. Our barrel is next to our stove. We only have a galley type kitchen so it is really really small. No dishwasher, fridge, stove, sink, one counter and we managed to squeeze a table in their but not easily. I seriously don't have any room what so ever.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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Nope I don't have any room in my house to store multiple bins. I don't even know where I could possibly put them. We have a really SMALL house. We do have a place for recyclables at the dump.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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Nope not a one single thing. I don't recycle because we don't have trash pick up and I have no where to store multiple trash bins. We have to actually go to the dump once a week.

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The cost of what I pay per month isn't much more than what the taxes were every month in Florida to have it done by the city. In Florida, they tacked the garbage pickup cost onto the water bill and it ran around $15 a month for the recycle bin and a giant garbage can. One thing I didn't like is that not long before we moved, the town I lived in started using automated garbage trucks. This cut one employee per truck out of a job. It went from a driver, and one (sometimes two) guys walking behind the truck dumping cans of garbage down to just the guy in the truck. They got these fancy schmancy new trucks with hydrolic arms that the driver would control to remote pick up the garbage cans and dump them. It was cool to watch, but bugged me because it was so "in your face" that technology had replaced 1-2 human beings at a time when jobs don't come easy.
Here, in NY, I just don't understand why people don't do it when it is readily available and not that expensive. For $20 a month they pick up garbage and recycle every Monday morning.

Bonnie - posted on 02/03/2011

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Yes we recycle a lot. We have recycling pick up once a week. One week is blue box (plastic bottles, cans, and glass. Then the next week is grey box (paper, cardboard/boxboard, and plastic bags). We usually fill 2 bins every week.

Amanda - posted on 02/03/2011

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yup, we picked a company with recycling bins even though it was extra cash. we have 2 bins and they are full every week

Jenn - posted on 02/03/2011

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Yes I do recycle. I have been known to pick things out of the garbage if they are recyclable. We have curbside pickup on our garbage day, and it's been that way for as long as I can remember. I try to sort my stuff as much as possible and every week we have 2 very full recycling boxes full of stuff. Beer bottles, wine bottles, and liquor bottles all have a deposit paid on them and are returned to the Beer Store to get the money back (which usually just goes to buy more beer LOL). We don't have it here, but I know in Toronto (and I'm sure other larger areas) they offer diaper recycling as well! :)

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2011

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Well, I will admit we don't do much recycling at all. The only thing that gets recycled is our can tabs and plastic containers/lids. I take those in to my daughter's school once a week because they have requested those items. Beyond that, everything goes into our trash. I would love to have a curbside pick-up or even a place to drop off recyclables conveniently. As it is right now, our one recycle center is about a 45 minute drive away and is open at odd hours only a day or two a week. I have tried several times to make the trip up there to only find it closed and that the hours had changed. It became too much of a hassel. I'm not going to let that stuff build up for weeks on end and if I can't find a way to properly dispose of it within a week, it's dumped in my trash. Maybe we'll get a better system in place soon because if there was an easier way, I'd gladly sort and recycle.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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We recycle and we compost. Our part of the province has pretty strict recycling rules. We just sort it all, and then bring it to our local dump (we don't have pickup here), and all the garbage goes in one hopper, and the recycling goes into a big shed, and the contents get picked up once a week. We also compost...in a manner of speaking. We don't have a proper compost bin, but we set aside all compostables and then biff them way back in the woods. Whatever the animals don't eat gets rotted into the ground. We are going to buy a proper composter in the spring, however.

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We recycle cans--the tabs get pulled off and go to the Ronald McDonald House, and the cans go in a bin to be taken to J's school for recycling.
I save black&white news print for kindling in our outside fire place, but I won't burn the shiny papers and such.

Everything else is too time consuming. We have to pay to do it, and we don't have deposits or anything like that. Our trash service does offer curbside, but the bins are the size of a milk crate--way too small--and cost $15/month per bin. So if you want one each for paper, plastic, and cans, you would have to pay an extra $45/month. I would love to do it, but it's just not worth it to me because so little would fit in the bins anyway. I live in a gated community and trah services have to be approved by the HOA to have gate access, and only pick up on Tuesday b/c everyone decided that they did not want to see garbage cans by the curbs on different days, but didn't want 7 different trucks driving by on the same day, so we only have 2 companies to pick from :P Some people are so vain.....and I'm surrounded by them.

Mary - posted on 02/03/2011

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Wow...it amazes me how difficult it is for a lot of you to recycle! I've been avid about recycling for years - initially it was just bottles/cans/paper, but it has gotten much easier where I live over the past five years.

We've had curbside pick-up of recyclables for over 10 years - but it used to be this rather complicated schedule that you had to keep track of. We have one set day of the week where our regular trash is picked up. Another set day of the week was for recyclables, but it varied from week to week as to what was being picked up - one week it was paper, the next bottles and cans, the next was yard waste. This meant that you had to hold on to whichever category for 2-3 weeks, unitl it was the right week for it. Kind of a pain, but I did it. Within the past year, they changed it, and now I just have one huge garbage can for all of my recyclables - newspapers, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic, bottles - all get thrown in there, and they are picked up weekly. Yard items like grass, leaves, branches, etc are done every other week from April through November. It is so much easier now, which means that many, many more people are doing it. In my state, it does vary from county to county. I'm glad I live in a county that does all of this - my taxes might be slightly higher, but it's something I'm more than happy to pay for.

Sal - posted on 02/03/2011

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we have free council pick up of recylcling and in a smart move they made our garbage bins smaller so you are encouraged to use the recyling bin as not to over fill the other one, i also try and use papers and such at home in the compost or shredded paper in the chook house, i make my owm jam so reuse bottles and also try and to drop anything useful at the salvos like bubble wrap, take old mags to the dr surgery or give them to mum or someone else who hadn't read them, and there is a old man who sells eggs and i take excess egg cartons to him.

Becky - posted on 02/03/2011

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They're talking about putting a limit on the amount of garbage you can have here. They're also talking about bringing in city-wide composting, so you get a free bin. Hopefully they do that before they limit the garbage, or else it will be hard to stick to the limit. Especially with 2 in diapers. I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and potty train the one (he's almost 3, it's about bloody time!) and switch the other over to cloth.

Becky - posted on 02/03/2011

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We do now. Our city brought in mandatory blue bins that we all have. We pay $8.00 a month extra for them, so we might as well use them! Not that I didn't think recycling was good before, but honestly, when you had to sort and drive everything to the recycling bins, it was too much effort for us. We always recycled drink containers because you get money for them. Now, you just toss everything into the blue bin and it's someone else's job to sort it, so it's easy.

Stifler's - posted on 02/02/2011

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Our green waste dump is free so it's not that hard to chuck the grass clippings in the trailer and dump it in the dump to be made into free mulch.

Marylea - posted on 02/02/2011

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I live in British Columbia Canada and I've never ever heard of having to hire a recycling company on your own. I didn't know places did such a thing. Here you get your recycling picked up and its all paid for with taxes. I recycle. My hubby says I can be annoying about it :P I really hate to throw anything recyclable away. I did however use to live in an area that did not have recycle pick and you had to drive 40 minutes to get to a recycle depot if you wanted to recycle. It was frustrating because it was only open certian days and we didn't have a car so sadly I didn't recycle during that part of my life. I think its important to take care of the plant and I try to do my part.

Marylea~

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