Of COURSE we recyle!

You may not be aware of it, but Washington is the everGREEN state. You may have heard our state referred to as the home of the environmentally-aware-tree-huggers.  If you are even considering visiting here you have to be prepared to sign an agreement that you will recycle everything possible.  Heck, even SeaTac has the Green Patrol out in force to make sure that nobody gets off their plane without knowing the rules. 

From the earliest age possible children are indoctrinated with the urge to recycle.  Every home has a bin delivered by Waste Management.  We are expected to fill these bins with the tiniest little scrap of anything recyclable.  And goodness help you if you get lazy and just toss it in the trash.  Big Brother and all those little children are watching.  I once had a friend who didn’t heed the warnings. I think she lives somewhere in Montana or something awful like that…I’m not really sure as I don’t dare get caught communicating with her…

In reality, everyone is great about recycling.  It’s made so easy for us that we just all do it and feel good about ourselves for it.  A few years ago, I went on a tour with the Girl Scout troop (I told you we indoctrinate our kids!) to a recycling plant.  It was fascinating.  We got to see the enormous mountain of waste that the trucks had dumped into a huge bay.  (Mimi insisted that the cereal box nearest us had come from our house) We got to see the process of how everything was sorted out, from paper to plastics and metals.  We were there for at least an hour just gawking at everything.  Then we came back into a conference room and learned what happened to all the recyclables that we had just seen. Some things like aluminum cans were remade into other cans.  Plastics could be melted down and made into entirely new things like carpet and drainage pipes.  It really made and impression on me the kids, so everything goes in the bins. 

Recycling is an easy way to keep our world healthy and clean.  Besides it keeps the Green Patrol away and gets rid of those pesky phone books!  

Shaun Somebody couldn’t figure out why the heck I was talking about recyling.  It’s because of all the recycled phone books that we all have to deal with.  It made perfect sense to me…but obviously that doesn’t work for everyone. 

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16 Responses to Of COURSE we recyle!

  1. Jocelyn says:

    It’s easy in MN to recycle, too…but other states still make it hard, making people pay big $$ for pick-up, or only allowing very restricted things to be recycled. Why? Dunno.

    My son is currently fascinated with the MAGIC SCHOOL BUS book on recycling. I learned a lot about what happens in a recycling center from it!

  2. Diesel says:

    Did you learn how much coal has to be burned to turn plastic into carpet?

  3. Diesel says:

    I’m just being a prick, btw. In case you didn’t notice.

  4. Jay says:

    We don’t have any recycling here. I think there is a drop off place here in town if somebody wants to seperate his/her trash. But, it’s open strange hours and I really don’t even know where it is.

  5. Coffespaz says:

    That’s terrific.

    Its harder to recycle here in MA. Since we live in multi-unit dwellings, the management has to sign a contract and pay extra to have the bins delivered and picked up, despite the fact the the next town over has automatic pickups. So, we are stuck taking only certain items to the local grocery. The problem with that is that you can only take items that you actually purchased at that store chain to the recycling center. ARRGGH. Let me tell you, as soon as we get an active condo association, that is going to be my first order of business to take to the board!

  6. Betty says:

    It’s very difficult to recycle here. Our garbage pickup company refuses to pick up recyclables, for some odd reason. That would make it so much easier.

  7. Susan says:

    Jocelyn~I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from Ms Fizzle. She rocks!

    Diesel~Hmmm…hadn’t noticed! Besides, we don’t have coal here, we just burn phone books.

    Jay~open strange hours? I guess they REALLY don’t want to be bothered by all the stuff

    Coffeespaz~ I have to wonder how many people would actually recycle here if we actually had to actually haul stuff back to the store.

    Betty~ I guess it does take building a whole different facility land seareate trucks. It all ends up as a huge investment to start with.

  8. pink ginger says:

    Hello Susan, You have a big heart to encourage everyone to recycle and make the world a better place to stay. I love that idea.

    Very excited to know that you were in Seattle. Perhaps we can have coffee together when I visit Seattle. 🙂

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’ve lived here all my life…and yup….we start ’em young. I was thrilled to learn when we moved to Kirkland that we can also recycle kitchen scraps into the yard waste container for compost. LOL. I am easily amused.

  10. gawilli says:

    We have weekly curbside recycling to the tune of $10.50 every three months. There are no restrictions. I love it. This is a wonderful post for Earth Day.

  11. mjd says:

    Besides recycling, reusing is grand idea. In the late summer, we have a rummage giveaway at our church. This works well for the members of our church and the people in the community. We church folks can get rid of stuff that we do not need, People in the community get a chance to get some stuff for free.

  12. Cheryl says:

    We’re big time recyclers here, and always have very little actual trash to throw out. If only everyone reused and recycled. My daughter’s so gung-ho, which is great. We pick up water bottles wherever we go. I can’t imagine that people just toss their trash. Good, timely post.

  13. Dorky Dad says:

    I recycle. I just wish it were a lot easier to do. We also recycle just about everything, though it takes us a long time to accomplish that goal. Thus, our house is filled with old, used junk.

  14. Susan says:

    Pink Ginger~That would be fun! When are you coming?

    Stephanie~I just found out that take out pizza containers can go into yard waste as well…not that we have room with all the spring cleanup going on.

    Gawilli~I’m glad you have it to. The rest of the world will soon catch on!

    mjd~a giveaway, how cool is that! A lot of churches have rumage sales as fund raisers, but this is the first time I’ve heard of doing it for free. That’s great!

    Cheryl~Litterbugs need to be hung from their toes and made to clean the streets!

    Cazzie~ Hi! I had to stop doing freecycle for a while because I kept coming across all these great deals that cluttered up my garage.

    Dorky Dad~LOL It’s hard giving somet things up huh?

  15. oddmix says:

    Did you hear that Sheryl Crow is proposing that we all help save the environment by limitting our use of toilet paper to ONE SQUARE per, ahem… sitting. No kidding.

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