Do you recycle?

February 1, 2007 1:57pm CST
I am quite keen on doing my bit for the environment and try to think about how my actions impact on it. I just wondered how many people regularly recycle eg. household items. Here in the UK lots of towns have door to door pickup of recycle material as part of the waste collection. Do you? Do you think recycling is important? Do you think we use too much packaging ? I'd be interested to read your thoughts :)
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10 responses
• United States
1 Feb 07
No I don't recycle. I do think it is a good thing to do, but at the time when I am throwing something away it never crosses my mind to recycle. I mean if I am out in public and they have the different trash cans then yes I will take the time to do it, but when I am at home it all goes in one trash bag. As far as the packaging is concerned if that was taken away everything or mostly everything would look small and in most people's minds when they are spending their money bigger is better or that they are getting more for their buck and companies know that so that is one reason why I think they use so much packaging to make their product stand out and look like the better deal.
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1 Feb 07
Hi there thanks for your comment. I have to agree with you, it's not always easy to recycle. Here we have to take our glass bottles to recycling points, so if you have to make a special trip to do it, it sort of makes the whole environmental thing a waste of time. We try to separate our rubbish so that food waste can go into a composte bin, card and paper for recycling and glass again to recycle along with foil. I agree with what you say about packaging too, i know a lot of things need packaging for protection, but it really bugs me how much they put on food stuff.
16 Mar 07
Why we can't buy more and more products loose I don't know, some shops are worst at this than others among them are M&S who have a habit of placing the tinest portions of fruit and veg under cling film. Do we really need to tiny bits of cauliflower shrink wrapped? it's so easy to recycle but I wish gorvenments would encourage it more. The emphasis is often on penalising consumers (i.e charging for the amount of waste you throw away), why not instead encourage recycling by paying consumers who recycle. In Germany where my brother lives they get a discount on their waste collection bill if they opt in to the recycling project.
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14 Mar 07
We do as we have 3 separate bins issued by the local council, a brown one for garden waste, eggshells, potato peeling, a blue one for paper, thin card, bottles and cans and a black one of anything else. I will admit when we first got them we didn't bothersome much apart from bottles and cans really but I have noticed that recently I have been sorting the sort out a lot more and there is stuff being put in the blue bin that I never bothered about before.
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@bluewings (3857)
8 Mar 07
No,I don't recycle yet.I have learnt the benefits and I think it is something we should do.I think,some more time on Mylot and I would have to change my answer here,lol.Jokes apart,I am seriously considering to start recycling.
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@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
1 Mar 07
yes we do and they come and pick it up every Tuesday and Friday. it helps keep the world cleaner and not have too much waste.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
1 Mar 07
I recycle, compost, use a wood burning fire which also heats my water, and was the first Green Schools coordinator at my sons' school where we earned the first |Green Flag in town. Not only is it important to me, I want to pass how important it is on to my children.
@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
19 Feb 07
If you have clutter and/or items around your house you dont want to be bothered with selling or taking to the dump - then Freecycle is for you at www.freecycle.org for a Freecycle group in your area. Freecycle is international. Recycle items to avoid overfilling the garbage dumps and make space in your home. One man's trash is another man;s treasure" truely applies here. I have given away so many things that I almost trashed that someone wanted and even came and carted it away. You can put in requests, too, and from there I received a free handicapped electric lift recliner worth over $400.00 someone didnt need anymore! The only requirement is that you cant give away forbidden items like explosives and such and everything must be FREE, you cant barter, exchange or sell. Try it yourself!
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@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
6 Apr 07
Our council changed our collection last November, so that we only get rubbish collections once a fortnight, however we now get a recycle collection where they collect bottles, cans and paper so we do our bit in sorting out the recycled stuff to be collected. Here in the UK we do a lot to recycle and are encouraged in every way, we even have bottle banks located in the high street. I also recycle my old clothes and dvds by taking them into the charity shops. The worst thing I hate is polystyrene, I mean how do you get rid of that stuff?
@Pluntt (232)
• United Arab Emirates
5 Apr 07
Well i would recycle as it would not be much of extra task but the place in which i am normally living is the united arab emirates and here they dont really recycle at all and just bring the stuyff out ...actually i dont know where they put all the trash but it disappears, not sure if thats a good thing. but anyways no i dont because i dont have the oppertunity, i do think it is a very good thing to do for the environment but sadly i dont have the option to cheers Plunt
@Jemina (5784)
26 Mar 07
I try to recycle almost anything even those which are not recyclable I recycle them to the best of my creativity LOL! Some of them can be made into fertilizers which is a great help for my plants. :-D