Can recycling...is it worth it???

@ruby222 (4848)
March 18, 2008 2:30pm CST
Here in the UK we recycle tin cans..im not too sure the policy in the USA...but before we actually put them into the recycling bin,we wash them....hence we have used valuable water to wash the can to be recycled. Im not sure if this is a little counter productive.Anyone any thoughts on the subject??
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@Bizziebod (3526)
6 May 08
I hear what your saying about washing the cans out, but I do think it's worth it so our landfills don't get so full up, well that quickly anyway. I spend a lot of time going through the recycling at mine to make sure nothing is thrown away into the rubbish that can be recycled, if we only make a small contribution then surely it's worth it?
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@ruby222 (4848)
6 May 08
We do make a good effort to always recycle what we can,the card,and plastic,clothes and shoes,and the washed out cans!!....we wouldnt just throw them away Bizzie...thanks for your reply
@GreenMoo (11842)
18 Mar 08
I give my cans a quick rinse before I pop them in the recycling container, but I just swill them through the washing up water when I'm done so I'm not using any extra water for the cans alone. I'm sure the benefits of recycling outweigh the water that you use, but maybe you could change the way that you wash them in order to cut back on water usage?
@ruby222 (4848)
23 Mar 08
Thanks ..i think i need to think about that!!...watched a tv programme about the Commando`s..(army)..and how they wash using just a small bowl ..and i mean small of water..a whole body wash too!!..then with whatswater is left they heat their boil in the bag meals!!! well done them
@GreenMoo (11842)
24 Mar 08
I think I'd be tempted to do it the other way round - boil the dinner first, then wash! The washing water would be warm that way too!!
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
That seems a really good idea to do it in reverse lol...im wondering how we would get on though...washing in a dish of water??? Makes you think doesnt it? which bit would you wash first?? rofl
@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I just received $80.00 for our cans and bottles. This is certainly worth it for me to recycle them. How many people would throw away that much money? I certainly hope the answer is nobody.
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
Over here we dont have a scheme like that (UK)...where we can `sell` our recycling...its all collected and dealt with by the local authorities...Its a darn good idea though...if people were able to get a few bob for their recycling...they may very well be a lot more tempted to take it to the plant!!
• United States
31 Mar 08
Yea! When I lived in Connecticut they had recycling machines for aluminum cans that crushed them and gave you a receipt that the grocery store reimbursed you for, i think it was 10 cents each. Now where I live we have nothing but local drop off centers but I just love the other idea for cans because its a great way to get people recycling that normally wouldnt make a extra trip to do so, its right at the grocery store and one trip but still Im sure 'looks' is an issue for many.
• United States
31 Mar 08
Who or what place paid you 80$, is what I want to know. We have a local 'bum' who I admire, he collects all the bottles around the whole neighborhood on both sides of towns and he's not ashamed of really digging into the trashcans on Main Street and getting them, if anyone in my company were to say something about him in a negative way I would have his back in a second, "Would you do it" "NO!" "Ok, then, this guys doing you a service"--all of us.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
22 Mar 08
It's not mandatory for us to do recycling in our country but we are very encouraged to do so. The awareness of recycling among the society is still not very high. It's because the government didn't put too much effort in cultivating the habit among the people. I myself always pratise the 3Rs though. For the bottles or cans, I usually just rinse it once. The main purpose is to remove the odour or degradeble liquid for better hygiene, in the recycling center. It's a little counter productive to wash them until shinning clean. . The recycled material processor will still wash it again before they were re-processed.
@ruby222 (4848)
23 Mar 08
I know we could just rinse them ..but its just me i feel they have to be clean!!...or lol maybe the recycling peeps wil think im a `dirty person!!`
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• United States
31 Mar 08
I saw in a newspaper when walking by that JAPAN wants to really amp up their recycling practices, I think thats great for them to make that move and applaud them for it.
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@ruby222 (4848)
31 Mar 08
Thats really good for them..yes..surely it makes good sense to recycle what we can....at least we are trying to do our bit!!
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@gemini_rose (16194)
23 Mar 08
Recycling is an absolute nightmare, in our recycling box we put tins, plastic things and all that sort of thing, and yes it has to be washed it drives me nuts it can take up so much time sometimes too. But I agree water is wasted in the process of cleaning them!
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
Youre UK rose i think....and the recycling is a bit of a pain yes!! the point i was trying to make was that if you wash your tins...as you cant put them out dirty...you use valuable water....if you use your washing up water...which is a good idea....thats fine...but if the tins are pet food tins...then i dont feel very comfortable using my washing up bowl to do it!!!...i feel i need to bleach my bowl and sink out then!!!
• United States
31 Mar 08
This may sound really gross, but my great aunt (who is EXTREMELY frugal,) rinses things that she considers "gross" in the toilet. She says it's much easier to thoroughly scrub the toilet than the sink. Maybe something like this would work for your pet food cans?
• United States
31 Mar 08
If she keeps her toilet clean I do not see that as very gross and plus I saw once on tv where they actually found that a persons kitchen or sinks harbored way more bacteria than toilets, even in public
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
Here, in the Philippines, there is an organization who makes use of tin cans and recycle them to make wheelchairs. I don't know how they do it, but they do collect those and my dad said they melt them and use the metal to make wheelchairs. The wheelchairs are then donated to those who cannot afford one.
@ruby222 (4848)
23 Mar 08
What a brilliant idea!!! Im not sure what our cans in the UK are recycled into!!
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• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Thanks for choosing my response as "best"!
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
You are more than welcome ,cheers!!!
• United States
18 Mar 08
In the US, anything we recycle can be roughly rinsed, but it doesn't need to be cleaned. I always recycle something if it can be recycled, as I see it as beneficial to the planet. Not only that, but it saves us some space in the trash can. Granted, I have to take my cans and plastic to the recycling center, which takes time and gas; but it's still worth it. In the US only about 10% of everything that can be recycled is, so I feel I need to at least to do my part.
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
Thanks for your answer...yes i can see you can roughly rinse them...im trying to rinse them in my used washing up water.But the only thing is that i need to rinse dog food cans...and sometimes it can put me off a little bit using my washing up bowl!!!!.....Thats quite a low fiure for recycling...the 10%....i think maybe the UK has got a real thing about recycling now....hubby is always popping over to the recycling bins...we are so lucky as they are only over the road from us
• United States
31 Mar 08
Yea, I live right near a university campus so we have them all over the neighborhood, and the one where you recycle everything is right behind my house. I LOVE that Im not carrying out SO many garbage bags because all that plastic takes up so much space, I'll even cut stuff down that cannot be recycled so I get more use out of my trash bags, our garbage people have fallen behind on their duties and our trash bin is piling so high, wonder whats up with that.
• United States
31 Mar 08
You know, you can call your city commissioner and tell them your trash is piling up. I had to do that with our bulk trash. There were still Xmas trees on the side of the road in March!
26 Mar 08
I wash out my tin cans before I recycle them, too and I'll agree that disposing of the water you use to wash them is a bit counter-productive. But there's always a way of using that water so that it isn't wasted - I usually tend to water my garden plants with it.
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
A good productive idea!!...now ive only a tiny bit of garden....so now i need to think of another purpose for my `used` water!! any ideas??
• United States
31 Mar 08
Reminds me of my habits, I eat alot of fruit and always have fruit peels I was throwing away but one day I was thinking man, this sucks, so now everything thats biodegradable I sneak into my neighbors backyard which they actually cant even see because its between the bushes that surround their property and the back of a shed that actually belongs to our property, theres no woods here, I even tuck them under our front bushes too, sure the trees love it.
• United States
6 May 08
you are supposed to but why? they are going to incenarate them at such a high temperature that it will clean the impurities any ways. But it is better to recycle than to waste our resources by throwing them away to never be used again. We have to do our part to save and keep our countries clean from excessive garbage.
@ruby222 (4848)
6 May 08
Thats a fair point you have made there,the cans will be burnt yes,but it still wouldnt feel right to put them into the recycling dirty,thats just women for you lolol....
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
here in my place (well i am not from US not from UK) we put cans and plastic bins inside a garbage bag and let the garbage truck collect it. they will not collect the garbage that are not segregated. bottles and cans go togather. wet and dry garbage must be in separate garbage bags.
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Mar 08
That does make sense in itself to separate the rubbish....over here in the UK we have big green bins....all of our rubbish that cant be recycled goes in together...the main thing is i think is that it all should be wrapped up....imagine the mess the bin could get into if it werent!!!