The three Rs.

@Lore2009 (7389)
United States
January 27, 2009 12:55pm CST
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Do you follow through on this? We have a recycle bin in each room along with the trash can. After this transition, we rarely have anything in the trash can. How big is your garbage by the time trash day comes along?
6 responses
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I also keep a bag for recycling wherever I have a trash can. I have to say I fill up two really big black trash bags twice a week. I am a bit ashamed to say this because I feel like I should not be purchasing so many products that need to be recycled in this way, it is mostly plastic bottles and packaging. The biggest reason I recycle next to trying to help the environment, is my guilt over using so many products. I guess I can say I reuse occassionally and definitely recycle. Not so good on the reduce part of the three R's though. Hope to get better.
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Oh, I forgot to mention the answer to your original question. With all the things I end up recycling my trash is very minimal and I will only take it out every few weeks.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Thanks for answering! Why do you purchase so much? It's good that you have the thought of reducing though. It's a start.
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Tell you the truth, most of my recycling comes from plastic water bottles. I have read many things that say how bad non reusable plastic water bottles are for the environment. ButI tend to have a very bad phobia of drinking water from anything that is not sealed and has a lid. Can't drink it out of cups, especially not from the tap, and can't seem to find a good water bottle that does not make my water taste funny, and with that it is a hassle to have to refill the same water bottle over and over. I know it is really bad for the environment but I have not found a good solution to my water drinking problem. I do not know why I end up buying so much because I live alone and really should not have to buy so many things. My only saving grace is that I buy from a warehouse retailer, (Costco) and I read that buying in bulk can reduce waste.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
27 Jan 09
We try to buy products with little extra packaging. We only produce about 1 garbage bag of trash a week. There's not much to recycle.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
27 Jan 09
There lies the key to the whole thing, reduce first and there will be less to recycle! Excellent!
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Part of it stems from not having the money to buy anything much less pay for extra packaging or name brands ( which are a waste anyways ).
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Reduce is the key to the cycle - that is why it is listed first. By reducing the usage of disposables, we do a lot better for the environment than either of the other two steps. Recently, we converted from bottled water to a faucet-mount filter. I did a comparison of the costs and put it in an article here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/722313/green_product_review_the_pur_vertical.html By reducing usage we also reduce demand and ultimately production. Reusing is the next best thing. Sometimes, it just isn't possible to reduce, so when we opt for reusable products rather than disposable ones, we make a bigger impact than recycling. Eventually, even reusable things will have to be disposed of but we should get as much life out of them as possible first. Recycling is certainly better than simply throwing things away. Recycling still uses a considerable amount of resources, though, so we need to exercise the first two R's until we have no further option. Sorry about the dissertation, but this is something that I feel very strongly about! Thank you for starting this discussion and giving me a platform.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
27 Jan 09
No way, thank you for the new knowledge. That all totally makes sense.
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
27 Jan 09
We do try to follow the 3 r's. But how big is my garbage? How are we measuring this? We have a huge trash can with wheels issued to us by the city. We never fill it. We could go 2, sometimes 3 weeks without filling it all the way. But on trash day I will see trash cans filled to overflowing at some meighbors houses and I wonder how can they produce so much trash weekly.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I see my neighbors' also and often wonder why it's overflowing too. It bugs me when I see recyclable items in there too.
• United States
28 Jan 09
I'm down to one kitchen size garbage can a month going into the trash. I don't even have a weekly pick up any more. Because it's so little, and I have family next door they let me put mine in with theirs.
@user_786 (1340)
27 Jan 09
there is a small bin for used paper in my room. there isn't a big bin reserved for lot of used trash for recycling. But soon i am going to buy bins for different types of trash e.g recyclable glass/bottles, clothes, paper, etc i totally support recycling and recommend everyone to start recycling instead of throwing everything in bin . Recycling will support our environment and if everyone starts keeping a recycle bin, surely, we can save a lot of trees and other precious compnents of our environment.