Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009

Today is Blog Action Day that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. This year's theme is Climate Change. Recycling more has been one way I'm trying to make a difference. And just in time for this year's theme, our local council has started to encourage better recycling by providing more collection services for various items to be recycled. We already had two wheelie bins, one for garden waste (which we hardly used since we have a compost pile for grass clippings, etc.) and one for items such as plastic and cans - items that didn't get recycled. We also had a green box for newspapers and glass. Now the council has provided an additional box for items made of plastic and also cans/tins - that the council will recyle. We were also given a "slop bucket" for kitchen waste that can now be emptied into the brown wheelie bin. However, I've got a compost pile in our garden and I will continue to add my kitchen waste to that rather than give it to the council. What is recycling like in your area? Do you find it easy or difficult to recycle?


  1. We have pretty good recycling in our area. Paper and cardboard goes in one container, glass and plastic in another. The 'transfer station' where we drop our trash off also has a metal collection area.
    I've signed my kids' school up for Terracycle - we collect cereal/energy bar wrappers, Frito-Lay bags, juice pouches, Nabisco cookie wrappers and Mars candy wrappers. We ship them all to Terracycle (at their expense) and they will pay us a small amount of cash for each item. To be honest, the money isn't worth the time we spend on it, but it does keep it out of the landfill, at least for a while until the products they make from it is ready to be discarded!

  2. Maureen, I work for a state agency and we just now started recycling. Pathetic.

  3. Almost American - it sounds like your area does indeed offer very good recycling services. I'm also impressed with the Terracycle initiative at your kids' school.

    Melissa - that's very sad (shameful even) that the state agency you work for has just started recycling! I always thought recycling in the USA was miles ahead of us in Britain.

  4. I suppose that it was rather remiss of me not to do an appropriate post yesterday!
    However, as I'm sure you realise, I'm all for recycling as well reducing and reusing. I've always been somewhat of a minimalist so I could say that doing what seems obvious usually comes natually to me.
    I suppose that my biggest saving over the past year is that I now only use the car 2/3 days a week rather than 5/6! xx

  5. It doesn't matter Flighty that you didn't post yesterday about making a difference - you already do your bit to fight climate change with your allotment! And recycling.

    That is a very big change regarding the use of your car. Well done, you!