Question of the day from Jenny

Do you recycle?

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26 Responses to Question of the day from Jenny

  1. Laura says:

    yes, and it ticks me off. We don’t have curbside recycling, so I have three huge bins in my dining room – paper/cardboard, plastic/metal/glass, and deposit. They fill up rather quickly and look awful, but I feel like I *should* recycle. About once every two weeks, I empty the bins. The paper/cardboard/plastic/metal/glass gets separated and tossed into the truck, which is then driven into town to the recycle dumpsters. The deposit cans/bottles get separated and bagged and tossed into the garage. Once I get several bags, I bring them in to get my money back. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the trouble. Especially since Cruise considers the cardboard recycle bin his own personal playbox – he will nip a box out of there as he’s walking by, and take it to his “spot” and SHRED it into about six billion pieces, spreading them from one end of the dining room to another…

  2. Joy says:

    Yes I do. We don’t have curbside either but I can’t in all good conscience throw away all that glass and plastic. Storing it is hard for me too. I keep two big garbage bags in my back closet. I have nice big hooks for them. One for cans and one for plastic and glass. Paul usually goes once a week. In the meantime if I need room, I put them on a spot on the deck where it’s hidden from view but in the summer I don’t like to do that with the critters and rain and humidity so he goes more often then.

    We used to fill a garbage can. Once this was offered, we have at the most, 2 bags of garbage. It’s almost wasteful but what can you do? If I could compost, I could eliminate the garbage man all together and believe me, I’ve been thinking about it.

  3. SKL says:

    Yes. I keep a small trash bin behind the regular kitchen garbage can. It’s for any plastic, paper, metal, or glass that is less than 10% food waste. We don’t have to separate them and I usually don’t rinse them out. Periodically the small bin gets emptied into the big rolling bin the city provided for curbside collection. We usually fill the big bin up each week, and we usually have less “other” garbage (food, etc.).

    I also recycle stuff that can be re-used by giving it to an organization or person. We have a couple of charities that will come and pick stuff up from our porch on a designated day. My sister gets all my kids’ hand-me-downs. We give stuff to our maids and such also. And some of my clothes are hand-me-downs from people who eat more than I do!

  4. Joseph says:

    We recyle our meat and food scraps with our canine disposal units.
    We recyle our cooking scraps with our fermetation disposal unit outside.
    We recyle all our glass/metal by dropping off with somone who has the actual recylce service.
    All else we recycle by burning!! Go Kyoto!!

  5. Nikki says:

    Yes!I recycle everything I can! I also reuse a lot of things too, before they are recycled. For one, I reuse water bottles until they just aren’t usable anymore, then they go in the recycling. I reuse milk jugs for our tea. It drives me nuts when I see soemthing in the garbage can that belong in our recycling bin. I really try to be as energy efficient as possible. I think it’s a real problem, and it’s killing our planet. I wish it were a law to recycle! lol

  6. mssc54 says:

    Yes we do. We DO have curbside recyleing but it’s not enough. We have two ten gallon recyleing that get picked up everey other Wednesday. But that isn’t usually enough. The county is in the process of distributing garbage sized recycleing bins but they haven’t gotten to our neighborhood yet.

    I don’t get too nutzy about recycleing though. I figure some of the worlds best golf courses are built on top of old land fills.

    Short of a nuclear winter I don’t think that mankind has it in his power to destroy the planet with trash.

    • Joseph says:

      I think it is proper and right to be good stewards of God’s creation. Many people have been doing this ‘recycle’ thing (in many forms, mainly reducing and reusing) before it became just another social fashion statement. They did it out of necessity and prudence, not because of the current greenwashing propaganda. It just made logical and fiscal sense from a more prudent generation. I am one to maintain that school of thought.

      Environmentalism is largely nothing more than a new religion filling the void from where God has since been removed. It is also a mechanism to promote and grow socialism, where once socialism could not make inroads. But that is for another topic of discussion.

      I too believe humans have a big ego to think they are big enough to have a real impact on the earth. Not that this should be an excuse to run amok (see first paragraph).

      The ‘recycling’ craze is perhaps good in intent, but is quite the sham for a lot of it. Many cities will take all products for recycling, but then sort through and end up disposing a large portion of the claimed recycled content straight to the dump.
      Then there’s the energy to actually recycle certain products, which can actually be counterproductive and more harmful.
      Then there’s the smart advertizing of post-industrial or post-consumer recycling. Most people lumping recycling together. Whereas post-industrial recycling has been done for ever, as it makes logical and fiscal sense to recycle manufacturing waste (Same concept of using left over dough from cookie cut outs and rerolling out to make more cookies. You wouldn’t throw the dough between cookies away…same thing for manufacturing).

      I deal with this stupid environmental garbage all the time in my industry. Most of it is nothing more than a crock for making more money.

      • mssc54 says:

        If you use more water than you should rinsing all your recycleing out… Who is that helping?

        • Joseph says:

          Well not all paper can be used for recycling anyhow.
          Plus process to recylce paper include a lot of water and energy, many chemicals including bleaches and surrficants. Not a very environmentally friendly process.

          That’s just one example.

          On the other hand, aluminum is very beneficial to recycle as the process is easier and teh raw material is much harder and less ‘friendly’ to attain

          • mssc54 says:

            I was speaking of rinsing all the cans and things to put in the recycleing bin.

            • Joseph says:

              Ah sorry, my apology. should have read that again.
              Well, I’d rinse it anyhow, recylce or not, unless it’s going outside right away. Otherwise it could get rather nasty smelling rather quick, escpecially milk or fish products. But that’s just me.
              So I’d waste water either way! LOL! Though spring time we have enough water to make up for it.

            • SKL says:

              We were told we only have to rinse if it’s more than 10% food waste. Which it usually is not. If it is, sometimes I just put it in the trash rather than make it “good enough” to recycle. Because I had the same thought as you – what about the waste of water (and even soap)?

              But if you set your mind toward getting as much as possible in the recycle bin, you may find yourself coming up with efficient ways of doing it. For example, with the laundry soap jugs, I used to just throw them away, but now I hold them under the water as the washer is filling and rinse that way a few times. Makes the soap go farther, doesn’t use any extra water, and makes the recycling people happier. That’s just one example of something sensible that I might not have thought about otherwise. (Though, cheap person that I am, I always did keep the jug upside down as it was getting low, so there wasn’t a ton of soap left in the jug anyway.)

              I agree that today’s “environmental movement” is largely the same as yesterday’s “waste not, want not.” That’s why I scoff at the idea that having a large family is terrible for the environment. Large families make things stretch farther than small families. They just do it because they have to, not because they want to pat themselves on the back and feel superior to everyone else.

  7. Jenny says:

    yes most things…but I also hate how it just sits in the kitchen and the tub overflows! I wish we had someone who came around just like the garbage people to pick up recycling as well.

  8. Laura says:

    GEEZ. I’m never leaving my computer again. Every time I go away, the conversation EXPLODES!!!

    Now that I said that… I’m going away to make dinner. I might be back later…

  9. Laura says:

    Well… y’all found the “no more replies” section. I wanted to put a “smart” comment in after Joy’s “Smart Ass” comment, but if you look up there… there’s no ‘reply’ button. So now we know ho squishy we can make things!

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