Earth Day: How To Recycle

It's Earth Day, yo and I wanna talk about recycling. Recycling is easy breezy however it seems as though a lot of people skip this daily task.  It is hard for me to understand how people cannot recycle with facts like these:

The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!  We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.

Americans throw away enough glass bottles and jars every two weeks to fill the 1.350-foot towers of the former World Trade Center.  Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled forever. We save over a ton of resources for every ton of glass recycled -- 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar.

Each year American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups, enough every year to circle the earth 436 times.

Ew.  Gross.

So back to the people who don't recycle.

I'm gonna break it down for you in step by step instructions and you will see how easy & awesome recycling is!  Hopefully after reading my step by step instructions you will be inspired to start putting those blue bags out on your tree lawn.

Step one.

Go to your local grocery.  If you don't bring your own cloth bags for shopping, ask for blue plastic bags.  If you do bring your own bags (good for you) then you will need to purchase these:

Step Two

Find (or buy) an extra trash bin.  We have this set in our kitchen.  One is for trash, one for recycling, & the last for compost.  Line whichever bin will be your recycling bin with above blue bag.

Step Three

Go on the world wide web aka the interwebs.  Enter the following in google:  (your city name) recycling program.  Read to find out what your city's recycling program is.  Most cities do glass/metal/plastic in blue bags & paper tied up or in cardboard boxes.

Step Four

After having a can of soda toss it in the blue bag.  Milk is gone for the week?  Blue bag it.  You like beer?  Six empty beer bottles in the bag, yo.  Any glass, plastic, or metal can go in this bag.  Put all of you paper aside.

Repeat process as needed.

Step Five

When blue bag is full, take out with trash.  Again, here is where you want to check your city's policy.  Most cities have curbside recycling.  Some do not (I'm talking to you CLEVELAND PROPER).  Tie up paper & cardboard and set next to blue bag.

Step Six

Watch your trash man (or woman) take the blue bag from the curb.  Smile because you know that your actions made the planet feel just a little bit better.

So that's it.  Recycling in 6 easy breezy steps.  It's neither difficult or time consuming but the impact you can have is staggering.

I leave you with this quote from my favorite author, Mr. Kurt Vonnegut:

We could have saved the Earth, we were just too damned cheap.

Live it.  Love it.  Recycle it.

happy earth day bitches.

if you are in the CLE this Saturday you should come by the restie.  we are having a little shindig for earth week: