RECYCLE

Without exception, recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans.

Good morning, today is trash day, the reason The Maker family is so excited about trash day is because for two weeks in a row, we have filled our recycling bin and used less than 2 bags of regular trash!! For a family of 4, that’s pretty great.

So how did this start?

Mrs. Maker was going through the bills and looking for ways to cut cost and save money. We were paying $6 a quarter for our recycling trash can, which up until recent was used for boxes from Amazon and maybe something that could be recycled but was too big for the other trash can. We were not good at making any sort of effort to recycle. We were paying for something that we weren’t using, and we were wasting so many things. This goes against everything we have been trying to do over the past few years.

You may have noticed, we like a challenge in our house.  The great thing about our local trash service is that they show you right on the can what you can recycle and how to recycle it. Things like removing the lids on plastic bottles or breaking down boxes. Our city offers free recycling bins but they are small and do not have a lid, so we opted to pay $2/month for what we have. Check out your own  cities recycling bin options if you aren’t already aware.

The first few days, I wore rubber gloves and dug through the bag each night to pull out anything overlooked that could go into the green bin. We talked as a family about things that can be recycled. For instance, you can recycle a pizza box, but not the greasy cardboard circle inside of it or Kcup recycling which we found out a lot of information about.  Everyone in our house was on board.

If you need to know exactly how this impacts our world here are some facts for you: *Facts are from conserve energy future.com 

  • Most people produce 4.4 pounds of trash per day that results in about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling an aluminium can help to save a great deal of energy, in fact, enough to run your home television for about three hours!
  •  Aluminium cans can actually be recycled and put back onto the shelf at your local grocery store in just about 2 months.

Well I am happy to say that our household was down to one bag the first week and two bags this past week.  Both weeks our green bin was full to the brim.  Later post will show more about ways to reduce waste or make a greener version of something but for now, where we are and how we live this is a HUGE deal. The Maker family is changed for good.

What can you do in your house to get better or get started on recycling? We would love to hear your stories and insights below.