Recycling has been a topic of conversation lately in my office, and we did a story on the topic as did our local newspaper.
Evey time I toss a plastic container, water bottle or other “triangle 2” item into our recycle center I think of Al Gore. We started home recycling after watching “An Inconvenient Truth.” But what do we do with the items that that you can’t recycle at your curb?
For months, my husband has had a computer that he needs to recycle. We can’t toss it in the trash because it’s got toxic chemicals in it. We have yet to find a suitable/appropriate home for the computer so it sits in the playroom, along with a hundred other items that need to be put in their place.
We have too much stuff, as I’ve written about before. Too many items. But, what do you do with things like computers when you don’t want to disappoint Al Gore? We keep them until we 1.) find the time to figure it out and then find more time to get it to the appropriate recycling location 2.) finally say, “screw it, Al” and toss it in the Sunday trash.
Recycling must get easier. We barely have time to get recycling to the curb in time for the Monday truck to get to the house, let alone have to make a call to find out where it should go, then have to drive to to the appropriate location. I can barely get out the door with clothes on in the morning.
Well, my recent “Martha Stewart Living” magazine has a listing for a Web site that will help: www.earth911.org. You can search by item you want to recycle and by zip, giving you a listing of local establishments that will accept your item. Now, if only I can find someone to get me dressed in the morning, I’ll have enough time to drive out to Timbuktu to drop off my recyclables!