It might seem overwhelming to think that if you did your part, whatever you determine that part to be, that you could possibly make a difference to the environment in our world.
In my own city of Oakland, Calfornia our waste management company made it a lot easier for everybody to recycle. Every week we put out 3 cans provided by them. In one is our regular trash. In the other is everything deemed recyclable. Into the recycle bin goes our newspapers and magazines, plastic and glass. Cardboard cereal boxes, medicine bottles (I always take the labels off), milk cartons, you know the stuff that can be recycled.
The third can is our green container and into that goes the yard clippings and all the food scraps we've saved all week. Not everybody can make their own compost piles, but somewhere along the line I think this stuff will go to make new earth. We put eggshells into it, our coffee grounds still in the filters, fruit peels, stale bits of bread, the bird paper right out of the cage. It's amazing the stuff that can go into this pile. They gave us a little green pail that we keep out on the patio to fill up and then dump periodically into the larger green can.
And, once a week they pick it all up. When the garbage truck comes one side is for the trash and the other side is for recyclables. Later on in the morning another truck comes by for our green stuff, the compost material.
Yes, the green can gets stinky, but my husband cleans it out once a year and that's enough.
It didn't take us long to get used to the idea of knowing where to throw out the trash. You knew, holding it in your hand, that can was going to get rinsed out and put into the recycle bag we keep hanging on a door knob in the kitchen. When that's full it goes outside to a pretty little basket and when that's full my husband takes it downstairs to the recycle can which is eventually put out on the curb. It's a system and we got used to it.
I read somewhere recently that because of the efforts of everybody in California we have not created any new land fill dumps in 10 years. Imagine that. No new ones. Our population has certainly continued to climb. But, we have actually made a difference to the environment.
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