Your hometown probably has different guidelines for recycling, but the practices are similar. In our town, our newspapers, mail, white paper and boxes (that are brown inside – no pizza boxes, that is trash) are picked up every other week. Our bottles, jars, cans and plastics with a 1 or 2 on it (inside of a small triangle – usually on the bottom of the container) are also picked up every other week. Go to your local township or city website to see what can be picked up from your house or apartment and when. The town/city usually provides you with the containers that hold your recycled products. They can also tell you where to take your recycled products if you prefer to do it that way.
It’s hard to recycle or “go green” at work if that environment has not been provided. But you can still contribute by bringing a litter free or almost litter freelunch.
1) Use a reusable bag or a brown, paper sack to carry your lunch(the brown sack can be put in your paper recycling at home)
2) Use a reusable container to carry your lunch (for a sandwich, soup etc…) [these containers can be found, cheap, at any large, chain variety store )
a) use a reusable container to carry your drink in, i.e. a thermos etc…
b) use a can or bottle that can be recycled, and if there is not a place to put it at work, bring it home to put in your own recycling
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME
-I see bottles and cans sometimes when I am at the park with my kids. If you see them too, do what we do – pick them up! We grab a napkin or wipe from the car and pick them up. If there is not a recycling bin at the park, we bring them home and put it in our own.
-Take advantage of township announcements, for example, once a year our town offers a place to shred documents and recycles them for us.
-Unplug devices in the house, school, office etc…that are not being used – this also saves on the electric bill.
-Re-use clean, plastic bags rather than throw them away.
-Buy the inexpensive, reusable bags most markets and chain stores sell.
-Lastly, keep up with town/city policies, and share your “greenness” with your friends and family. The more people that care, the happier our planet will be.