Does Your Family Take Time to Separate Your Trash from Items That Can be Recycled?
It could have been a very embarrassing answer. Luckily, you caught yourself!
As you prepared to check out at the newest grocery store in the area, you nearly gave your standard response when the clerk asked if you wanted paper or plastic. Typically, you just take plastic. The groceries are easier to carry to the car without the cart when they are contained in those strong plastic bags, the ones that you can almost always find a way to carry yourself. Somehow, when the groceries are in plastic bags you always seem to be able to sling one more over your wrist, wrap one more around your thumb.
On this occasion, however, you caught yourself. The new grocery store advertised itself as an indoor farmer’s market. It boasted fresh produce, organic goods, and the aisles were full of people who had brought their own canvas bags into the place. And while you really wanted to just get your groceries in a plastic bag and make a quick dash to the car, instead, you said the only answer that was acceptable. You would take paper.
Your teenage daughter smiled at you as the two of you left for the car. In fact, your teenage daughter was smiling the rest of the night. She went home and spent time separating the trash a little more. She made sure that all of the recyclables were in one bag so that they could easily be placed in the recycling bins for the Monday morning trash pickup. Normally, you had far more garbage cans than anything else. In the past you had been pretty good about putting yard waste in the specially marked cans, but other than that you really did not spend much time on preparing for the weekly garbage removal services. It appeared now, however, that would be changing.
Your husband would have to be more careful to make sure that he was also careful as he took trash to the curb. It would appear that the one request for a paper grocery bag was all that was needed to push your daughter into making sure that your entire family would now need to be more careful in the entire waste removal process. You cannot complain. You have known all along that you needed to be more careful.
How Much Time Do You Spend Getting Ready for Trash Removal Day at Your House?
Are you quick and careless when it comes time to the trash, or are you careful and kind to the environment when it comes to getting your trash ready for removal? If you are like a growing number of Americans who are growing increasingly aware of the amount of waste that the send to the landfill, you are likely someone who spends time sorting out the items that will be picked up by the recycling services. Although Americans still throw out more than they recycle there is evidence that this may be changing:
- By recycling one ton of cardboard, Americans save over nine cubic yards of landfill space.
- Estimates indicate that the average American will throw away 600 times the amount of his or her adult weight in garbage in a lifetime.
- Materials that are organic are the largest component of municipal solid waste (MSW). Of this, paper and paperboard account for 27% and yard trimmings and food account for another 28%. All of these items could be recycled or composted if someone took the time to make sure that they were not simply thrown in with typical trash.
- In America, we spend as much as $11.5 billion every year to clean up litter that is not where it should be.
- No one is exempt from producing trash, and the average person generates over four pounds of trash every single day.
- Did you know that more than 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
- Finding the little amount of time that it takes to sort recycling saves money for everyone. In fact, on average it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, and $50 per ton to send trash to a landfill.
- Unless you make it a habit, recycling simply does not happen.
- Landfills should not be full of items that could be very easily recycled.