A few weeks ago we came home from San Diego after only being gone for a few days and discovered that someone had taken our garbage can. The city wants to charge us $60 for a new one. It hit me below the belt because it made me think that I do take it for granted. Trash that is. We normally just save soda cans and soda bottles and give them to the dumpster divers but we decided to start recycling them for ourselves.
I took it a step further though and instead of just soda bottles and cans I’d look at the back of every container we buy and those cans that food come in are recyclable too and so are milk containers. Paper can also be recycled. I set up 2 paper bags with the cans (1 bag for each type of can) and I’m going to set up another bag for shredded paper which I am now going to start shredding the mail along with junk mail and even bad ideas that I’ve printed. I have so much paper just sitting around in notebooks that have absolutely no purpose anymore so those will be shredded straight away.
I’ve also become green when I shower. When you live in a trailer or if go camping and have one of those hanging bags of water for showers you have to use the least you can use so you have enough water for yourself and others so you get wet, turn off the hose, lather your hair and body then turn the hose back on to rinse off. Well, I’ve started doing that at home. I don’t know exactly how many gallons of water I am saving but I bet you it’s a lot.
I started riding my bike for exercise, not to get anywhere in particular but so I can lose weight and so that’s good that I’m doing that but it really serves no green purpose for me. But it’s at least a statement.
And we do have to drive our car to the recycling center just to recycle all this stuff. I can’t carry bags of cans, bottles and tied up newspaper and bags of shredded paper on a bike so we have no other choice. I feel I’m at least helping.
Below are pictures of my cans bags and a trash bag of bottles which is a new bag so it only has a couple of bottles but you get the idea.