Do you recycle?

Katherine - posted on 05/07/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We have bins to recycle plastic, glass and cardboard. Do you have these? If not what do you do with your recyclables? I know a lot of people don't have that option. When I lived in my apartment they had no bins, so I had to take everything to my moms.

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Bethany - posted on 05/17/2012

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we do but not as much a we should, all bottles n cans here get us 10c each so we usually save them n cash em in when its abouts $50 worth, we have 3 bins rubbish get taken every week, recycle n green waste on alternate weeks.... its toms thing to run out on a wed morning while we r waiting 4 ma n watch "the man" lift shake shake shake n down if he misses it he usually gets the second "man" latter in the day!! make it fun for him n even tho hes only 2 he like to take the bins out and know when he needs to put them out front as well....

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Not too weird, it is TINY. I was told that in the winter time, the population drops below 50. It is on the coast of Lake Huron. They have a small harbor and 2 light houses--the Old Light House, which was built in 1840, I think, and the New Light House, which was built in 1890. The Old Light House is said to have a "Ghost Light" because the moon or maybe it's the light from the other light house, sometimes reflects in the tower and looks like it is one. You can still climb up the New Light House in the summer time.

My husband was from Canton or Allen Park--I think I remember you saying you were near there b/c you knew about Polermos Pizza....was that you? It was someone on here. We stop through on our way up, but I never returned cans there.

Katherine - posted on 05/15/2012

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Yep. They're everywhere. I've never heard of Presque MI, weird huh?

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@ Ketherine, I live in upstate SC.



You're in MI, right? I always thought it was cool when we went to visit dh's dad and he would save his soda cans, then we would take them to the grocery and put them in this big machine that ate them up and spit out a coupon for a discount on your purchase at the grocery. I wish we had those down here.



ETA: The big machine ate plastic and glass soda bottles too, but he didn't have many of those. Do they have those all over or just in his neck of the woods? He was in Presque Isle, MI.

Jakki - posted on 05/15/2012

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Wow Kelly that's a drag that you have to pay extra to get recycling. Here in Australia it's all part of the garbage service.

But anyway - they say it is better to avoid creating the rubbish in the first place than to recycle - so if you buy in bulk, avoid goods that are overpackaged, avoid buying stuff you don't need, buy second hand goods whereever possible etc etc, you're doing even better!

Teresa - posted on 05/14/2012

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Yeah, We recycle, my son learned about it in school and at cubscouts so I support him and recycle. Where does it all go. I asked the man that works at the recycling center and he said,"the trash." But we still recylce. To understnad you must see the comic in a previos post "just for a laugh".

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It is rather expensive to recycle here, which I know is a dumb excuse not to do it, but it's hard to justify and extra $35/month AND all the extra hassle when I can just toss it in the trash for free :/

That said, we do recycle some things through J's school.

The pop-tops from soda cans go to the Ronald McDonald house--His school collected over 4 MILLION pop-tops last year!! 80 tops = $1 so you can do the math :)

There is also a station at school for used batteries, ink cartridges, plastic bags, and papers, so I keep a little box in the battery drawer for used batteries and ink and send them to school with him every now and again. The plastic bags and paper are no-goes though. If J saw his precious school work in the bin, he'd be crushed, so I have to get it out of the house quickly. I use canvas bags so we don't have many plastic ones, and when we do, I put them in a bag sock to use for wet clothes and such in the summer.

I take soda cans (minus the pop-tops) to the local fire station. They have a big wagon set up for you to dump cans into. Then they use the proceeds from recycling them to by smoke detectors for the under-privileged. Unless you have a whole wagon full, you have to pay to recycle here, but once you get a certain amount, they will buy it from you, so that is why no one recycles cans individually.

They make it hard down here :P

Corinne - posted on 05/07/2012

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We have seperate bins here so it's easy. Blue bin for paper and cardboard, Green for garden waste and veg scraps, Green box for plastic, glass and cans; and Grey for general waste. Stupid thing is, the green box is tiny and is always overflowing.

Firebird - posted on 05/07/2012

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I recycle. I just get to throw everything except glass into a blue recycling bag and it goes out with the garbage. I don't even have to separate it. On free dump days, my dad takes my glass out along with my mom's.

Brittney - posted on 05/07/2012

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I take back pop cans to get the deposit back (even thought they are not our cans), everything else goes in the trash. My husband tries to recycle because we do have those bins, but he throws everything downstairs and I have tripped on things, cut my foot on a tuna lid, and the mouse loved the food that was on the cardboard, the bugs liked the sugar on the cans of mandarin oranges. I have to go down and throw it all away just to keep the house from smelling like a garbage dump.

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