Unpacking, and moving in, we ran across all sorts of things to recycle. We switched to CFL lightbulbs, we used newspaper to wash the windows, I found going away gifts wrapped in white tissue paper, and we received lots of welcoming junk mail in our mailbox. We threw it all in. Even the cursed happy meal box I stopped to eat on the road. (No, I didn’t eat the box.)
So, when we went to pick up our recycling bin from the side of the road at the end of the day, what a surprise!
The city doesn’t recycle paper board–which includes beer boxes, medicine boxes, food packaging, cereal boxes, calendars, toothpaste boxes, milk cartons, or even Happy Meal boxes. They also don’t recycle junk mail like magazines. They sorted through it and left what they wouldn’t take. I guess we grew a little spoiled in Norfolk, where at least they took junk mail.
I’d like to storm down to City Hall and demand to know why they don’t take number 5 plastic or magazines. “You allow your post office to send advertisements to my mailbox, but you won’t recycle them?” I want to holler from the rooftops—WHY IS AMERICA SO BEHIND AND BACKWARDS when it comes to recycling? I mean, really.
Ok. I feel a little better now. Thanks.
It could be worse. I’m pretty sure the base takes both paper board and junk mail, but what about all the people who don’t work on base? What about all the people who don’t have time or don’t know about recycling on base? What about those who dont’ have access to the base?
Maybe to make myself feel better, I could call waste management and find out why. I could go to a meeting at City Hall and ask why….
- Recycling Your Cell Phone (mycricket.com)
- Recycling tips: making the most of recycling at home (kleenexmums.com.au)
- Commercial insurance customers ‘need reasonably priced recycling services’ (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Recycling costs money (glasscraic.wordpress.com)
- Choctaw Nation Recycles Everything from Newspapers to Electronics (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Recycling thermal cash register receipts contaminates paper products with BPA (physorg.com)