Tell Me Tuesday
It's Tell Me Tuesday time again- and i do know it is indeed Wednesday! We had Family Day here in Alberta on Monday and i guess i got a day behind! Nonetheless, we can still have fun asking and answering anyways, right?
Okay, so last week i asked for easy tips on things one could do to make the reduce- recycle- reuse thing happen more smoothly in their home. I had one suggestion (though it does involve space)- set up your recycle centre in your kitchen or pantry so that you don't hit that 'lazy phase' before it gets to the garage.
You know, this comment is right on target.
Lots of the reason why people don't fully recycle is that it is too difficult AND very easy to be lazy. This lady also mentioned the two bag garbage limit her city has imposed (and a whopping $2.50 per bag extra!) and that certainly goes a long way for adding initiative to the whole process. However, I remember when i lived in that city with two young babies (under two), one of my bags of garbage was devoted to diapers (yes, slap me- i wasn't a full-time cloth diaperer- sheesh!). The other bag for the week, was the garbage. It was a stretch (thank God i had my trusty garbage disposal!) every week to make the limit, but paying $2.50 for an extra bag just wasn't right. I also had a mega pile of cardboard, newspaper, cans etc in my garage to boot...it really wasn't pretty. And then you know what i had to do with that pile?? I had to drive it to the other side of the city and sort it into bins myself! Yes, myself! Some stuff we were able to get our deposits back for- add in wine bottles and beer bottles to that recycle trip. Also add in- two kiddos under two and well, that recycle trip became the dreaded recycle trip of death--and took up a whole Saturday morning.
It seriously sucked. But, we did it. (Would you go to all that work? $2.50 per extra bag is now sounding like the easier thing to do, right?)
So- if you are a lucky enough soul to have curbside recycling programs, your bins had better be FULL! If you are lucky enough to have curbside compost pickups, NO EXCUSES. Some of us out there have to do lots more work to accomplish this whole recycle thing.
Nowadays, i have more space where i live but i am much farther from any recycling centre. I have a 15 minute drive into town first! Since we do have the extra space to store our recyclables for longer and to make the trip less often, i do wince at the amount of beer/wine bottles that get returned all at once. LOL Sometimes it looks like we had a raging party, or are serious alcoholics! Unless i go out of my way to tell people that it is 3/4mths of accumulated bottles, the looks are endless. Oh well, all in the name of recycling, right?
Do you let your child have Chocolate milk once in awhile? (Carton types and not the syrup) Recently, a friend and i noticed that some milk companies have been playing switcheroo with our Chocolate milk. NOT COOL. How do milk companies totally change a milk product, but not tell you about it?? I mean, it's milk. I expect more from milk companies i guess...
PS- if you think Chocolate Milk Beverage sounds scary, wait till i tell you all about FRESH Orange Juice next week to complete my rant.