main event in my life this week was signing up for a new recycling
service. Yes, you heard me right Ė recycling -- which shows how dull
my life is if trash excites me. What can I say?
My current trash service collects everything. You put
it in a plastic bag and they take it away to a landfill. As long as it
is in a plastic bag, they will take it.
Since Iíve been cleaning my attic, though, I have
far too much trash for the regular collectors. Most of it is stuff
that is too large to fit into a trash bag. So, we have been hauling it
to a central collection center that recycles. Before I discovered
them, I never knew what to do with larger household items that became
Problem is few places take things like e-trash.
Electronic trash consists of things like computers, TVís, and cell
phones. Some of it has components that can be reused. Some of it
contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury. It must be
separated and recycled accordingly.
I was online looking for a place that recycles
computers when I stumbled across the All in One Recycling service. I
didnít even know such a service existed, at least not in my
community. I could not believe what I was reading. I could recycle
paper, cardboard, plastic, metal cans, and glass, and they would come
and get it curbside. I didnít have to divide it and haul it to the
There was a charge for the service, but it still
appealed to me. Most people want to recycle given a convenient
opportunity. People are becoming more aware of the importance of
saving resources and recycling and reusing materials whenever
It is easy to recycle aluminum cans. I just keep a bag
in the garage and throw my empties into it. But the idea of saving
junk mail, cereal boxes, milk jugs, plastic bags, tin cans, and glass
bottles in separate containers and hauling it off every week just
seemed overwhelming. I have too many other things to do to spend half
my life sorting trash.
Being able to combine all the recyclables would
greatly simplify the process. I could do my small bit for the
environment and feel better about all the trash we seem to generate.
So, when I found the online form, I signed up, excited to be trying
something new. I committed for one year as that should be a good test
of whether or not Iím able to stay faithful.
The service will supply a large trash container and I
will supply the contents. I immediately began saving cans and
cardboard, impatiently waiting for my plastic recycling bin to be
delivered. Finally, I came home one day and it was sitting on the
ďWhere will we keep it?Ē asked Honey, always the
I wanted to keep it in the garage where it would be
handy, but I donít have room, so I decided to keep it outside with
the other trash cans. I hope my regular trash people do not think it
is regular trash and haul it away.
I wondered how they separate the different kinds of
trash as Iím sure they have to do this to recycle it. I looked it up
and found out about the large machines that blow the lighter paper and
cardboard to the top and let the glass and metal go to the bottom
where strong magnets pick out the metal. It sounds complicated;
however, it is certainly better than trying to separate it myself.
And so, Iíve gone green. It feels great to be doing
what I knew I should have been doing all along. And did I mention that
I did find a place that collects computers? We are making a trip there
this weekend with a carload of dead electronics.
As I said, it takes so little to excite me.