Start by clicking the image to the right. It will take you to Earth 911 where you can type in your zip code, or the zip code of a town you frequent (go to town for work?)
Click on what you want to recycle (plastics are an easy option) and find the nearest recycling center. Click on the name and it should tell you what all they accept. If the first one you try doesn’t take all of the things you need it to, try another.
Our closest drop off only accepts a few things, so we take it a town over where they will take everything imaginable.
Recycling is not hard!
We have a single family home, so we have room here. Not a ton, but we do have room. For us, it is convenient to set up a trash can and a few buckets to sort our recycling in.
We have a trash can for plastics (sadly, so many things come in plastic, despite our efforts to reduce it’s use), and and a bucket (for each) for soda cans, newspapers, magazines, food cans and glass. That might sound like a lot, but it takes up maybe a 3×3 square in our basement. It’s not much and sorting is important.
Once every month or so, my husband loads up the car and totes it down to the recycling drop off. That’s it! It’s easy, no hassle!
What about impact?
It’s insane! When we started recycling, I thought that it would make a difference, but I had NO idea how much of a difference.
We use to set out at *least* one full can of trash every week. Depending on what went on, it could be two. I’m ashamed to admit this, but it is true.
We started recycling and I kid you not, we *might*, at the most, go through two cans in a MONTH. Honestly, we don’t even need to set out a can each week. Most weeks, we have about the equivalent of a grocery bag or two full of trash.
It still amazes me.
So, tell me! How do you recycle? Sort? Etc?
If you are up to it, please leave a comment with your tips, how-tos and/or what works for you. It might help someone else make the transition a little easier or improve the convenience of what they are already doing 🙂