Recycling

@ossie16d (11826)
Australia
October 1, 2006 1:35am CST
I think individuals should do more about recycling rather than leaving it up to governments or 'others'. What should we recycle and why? Also what should be do about things that we cannot recycle?
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12 responses
@tigrashadow (1086)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
i saw something on tv a week or so ago showing that recycling wasnt really that beneficial. but i think it is in that our landfill is lower even though sometimes it costs more in labour and fuels n stuff to convert recycled things to other items. giving things away or selling them is also another way to recycle which is helpful. a site called freecycle ( http://www.freecycle.org/ ) is a great way of posting unwanted things online and getting them picked up by someone who wants them (but as the name suggests it is free so dont post if you want money for something). and as someone else said, donating to charity is great too because then they benefit from the proceeds and you benefit by feeling great for helping the charity and also getting rid of unwanted stuff. having a garage sale is good too for getting rid of stuff but for money. i often use plastic containers for other things too instead of throwing them out (like icecream containers or jars etc). there is no limit to what or how we can make use of recycled products, we just have to use our imagination. if you have your own home, making a compost heap is also great for all the vegetable waste etc we have which helps your garden and saves money on fertilizer and stuff..
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
4 Feb 07
That information on the website for freecycling is good tigrashadow. There are many ways that things can be recycled as you say, but unfortunately many people choose to throw the things that they no longer want and/or need out with the rubbish.
• Australia
5 Feb 07
it really used to amaze me to see that people in affluent areas were throwing perfectly good items out when they could have made a quick 5 minute phone call to a charity group who collects furniture and such.....its sad to see.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
5 Feb 07
Yes when people throw out things that are perfectly good it is most annoying. A couple of years ago we were in South Australia (Adelaide actually) when some of the more affluent areas were getting that council clean-up and people put their stuff on the footpath. We were visiting some people and were astounded to see the amount of stuff they had. They told us where it had come from and some of it was brand new. Literally thousands of dollars worth of stuff from furniture to clothes and toys, as well as everything in between.
@busybee (384)
• India
26 Oct 06
yes, we should also involve in recycle without leaving everything to government, but thing abt non recyclable things, should be banned..
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
26 Oct 06
So true busybee and thanks for a great contribution to the discussion. :)
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
5 Nov 06
I have given you a positive (+) rating for your response to this discussion. :)
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• Australia
6 Nov 06
fish - fish
hi i send all my empty box's,milk cartons, magazines and newspapers to my daughters kinda,,,,
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
7 Nov 06
That is great that the kindergarten still takes them, because some don't any more. Thank you for your response to the discussion. :)
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@srhelmer (7031)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
16 Oct 06
I recycle for profit. I take cans in once every couple of weeks and make a couple extra dollars that way.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
17 Oct 06
That is a great idea - helping the environment at the same time as helping yourself to make a little extra money. Thanks very much for your response. :)
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@rainbow (6763)
10 Oct 06
I have always tried to recycle things. and trips down the recycling centre are a must, not only to give but to get art supplies etc at a very reasonable cost. I take things to the charity shop and occasionally but from there too. Our local council is going to give us wheelie bins which we sort our rubbish into so it can be recycled rather than go to land fill. We'll have 3 bins for different things, think it's going to be a bit complicated for a while but worth it, I hope.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
10 Oct 06
Yes charity shops are the place to go. We give things to them plus from time to time also buy things as well. You will soon get used to the wheelie bins. Friends have had them for some time now and when we are there, it isn't hard to remember what goes in which one. :)
@rainbow (6763)
11 Oct 06
Thanks,that's calmed me don about them a bit. I'm worried about the smell to b honest, we get our rubbish done every week but the wheelie bins will be 2 and 3 weeks dependant on which one. I still have overnight nappys for 2 boys,cat litter and dog mess, it's gonna stink and I can't put them where I used to leave my bin bags cos they're too big. They'll be too near our windows maybe I should get a giant fridge to stop them smelling, ha-ha.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
11 Oct 06
Perhaps you could get one of those smell-nice things and hang it just inside the bin where you put the smelly things because at least that way you would get an unpleasant shock when you lift the lid to put more in. The other alternative is to get some bicarbonate of soda, pierce the box and put something through it so it hangs inside the wheelie bin. Just remember to take it out before the collectors come or you will be forever buying new ones. Good luck. :)
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@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
7 Nov 06
Regarding things that cannot be recycled.. I have seen some people make pretty cool art out of garbage, so maybe an annual world art competition with awesome prizes like trips around the world or big big dollar prizes to whoever can come up with the best piece of art. I think we all should recycle as it will be our chldren and our grandchildren and so on who will suffer the consequences if we dont.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
I agree that we should recycle, not only for ourselves but so that we leave the earth in better condition that it was when we came into it. We should be thinking of future generations and what is best for them, rather than what we want for ourselves. Yes, there have been some great works of art done from what is generally called "trash" or "garbage", and it is often sold for an absolute fortune too. :) Thank you for your contribution to the discussion.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
I agree that we should recycle, not only for ourselves but so that we leave the earth in better condition that it was when we came into it. We should be thinking of future generations and what is best for them, rather than what we want for ourselves. Yes, there have been some great works of art done from what is generally called "trash" or "garbage", and it is often sold for an absolute fortune too. :) Thank you for your contribution to the discussion.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
We recycle as much as we can. old newspapers and lawn clippings go around the base of the fruit trees to preserve the water and use less of it. also they keep the weeds down and encourage the worms which are good for the soil. we leave the old fruit and vegetables on the ground and they plough it back in for added organic fertiliser. we shread all old letters and things that we no longer need and put them over the seedings as they stop the weeds plus save water. old drink bottles, plastic ones, we keep and when we go interstate we take them for recycling. that pays for the fuel at least. everyone should recycle as much as they can because it is good for the environment and puts less strain on the earth that we live in. also done properly it is possible to make money from recycling. things that we no longer need or can use but are still in good condition are given to the local op shop.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
4 Feb 07
Excellent and I was pleased to read that you do recycle as much as you can oldboy. Keep it up. :)
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Its a very good thing if people can realize the importance of recycling. We as individuals can do a lot to reuse what we throw away after using only once. We have a program in our area, they give a gunny-bag to put all our un-recycleable (i dont know whether the word is correct) items. They come every friday to collect it. I think its a good way.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
A lot of councils here in Australia now operate recycling schemes and they have special wheely bins for the things, i.e. separate ones for green waste (lawn clippings etc), paper and plastics. Also they have one for general waste which cannot be recycled. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion. :)
• India
7 Nov 06
Recycle Water & Paper
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
7 Nov 06
I think we should recycle everything that we possibly can before the earth becomes one big garbage tip. Water is one thing that definately should be recycled, particularly as most countries have a shortage, although some more than others of course. Thank you for your response to the discussion. :)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I recycled for years-nearly everything that I could. I would recycle glass, aluminum, and all plastics. I would usually load up my car about every 3 or 4 months and get it to a local recycling place. 3 or 4 months worth of garbage outside my house paid me about 10 dollars. It was such a hassle to keep everything organized and then spending an hour or more of my day to load up and dipose of it. I found it not worth while anymore and now I don't recycle anything. I know I should, but it was just such a pain and I dreaded the time it took to load up and wait for my turn in line, and having the garbage cluttered for months at a time. I am happier just throwing it away. :(
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
21 Dec 06
What a shame that it was such a hassle to recycle. Could you get together with the neighbours or something and perhaps arrange for someone to come and collect it every so often? If you all got together, it might be worthwhile for the recyclers to do this, even if you don't get paid for it.
• Hyderabad, India
17 Dec 06
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
It is good that there is one central point for recycling as it means people will know where to go etc. Do you work for the organisation that you mentioned or do you know of them in some other way? Thanks for reading and responding to the discussion. :)
@carmat (2850)
• Canada
16 Nov 06
We recycle our popcan, juice containers, water bottles and I think we are aloud to recycle our milk jugs now. I know we could do a lot more to help out.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
17 Nov 06
You are doing something which is good and I am sure that in many all of us could actually do more. I am sure that in time, we will have the option of recycling or paying for not doing so. LOL Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. :)