I was laughing at myself last night because I really boxed myself into a corner on this one. Day Two of my week long topic on ‘Starting Fresh’ is marked “Donate/Recycle”.
At first, I was amused because I assumed the subject of recycling was elementary. I thought, what the heck am I going to talk about? Doesn’t everyone know how to recycle? Isn’t everyone a participant in responsible disposal ? Even my kindergartner knows all about recycling, so I thought.
Then I started doing some research online. I realized I had much more to learn. Here’s just a few tidbits I picked up having spent some time researching the subjects of recycling and donating unwanted goods.
Christmas trees. If you’ve purchased a live tree like I did this year, you’ve got to get rid of it. Do you know where your tree goes when you put it out on the curb ? Do you treecycle ? Many waste companies will recycle, compost or mulch it for you. The Boys and Girl Scouts have a national program to pick up your tree curbside for a small donation. For a great article on disposing of your live tree in an eco-friendly way, click on over to Earth911.com for their helpful tips.
Plastics. Ever wonder what those numbers mean on the bottom of your containers? There’s a uniform coding system for manufacturers, and as it turns out, not all plastics get recycled. It’s based on the container’s imprinted code that identifies the type of plastic. If you’re curious how to recycle different types of plastic, click here.