Curious…Does your city/town recycle? Do you recycle?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Does your city/town recycle?
    Yes my city recycles and I'm in the USA : (109 votes)
    73 %
    Yes my city recycles and I'm in Canada : (23 votes)
    15 %
    No my city does not recycle and I'm in Canada : (0 votes)
    No my city does not recycle and I'm in the USA : (6 votes)
    4 %
    Yes my city recycles and I live outside of North America : (12 votes)
    8 %
    No my city does not recycle and I live outside North America : (0 votes)
    What is recycling? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I live in NJ and we recycle. We don’t need to separate anything – all paper, plastic bottles, glass, etc all go into the same container. We don’t get refunds on glass or cans here, everything just gets recycled. 

     

    Post # 4
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We live in a town of 500 in Southern Illinois. We recycle most of the time, me almost always, FI when he remembers. They pick up trash twice a week and recycling once a week. When we have parties we have bags for bottles/can and FI takes all the cans to the scrap yard and gets some money for those since we have so much and it’s an easy way to get a few extra bucks.

    Post # 5
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @sweetchiquita12:  You can put cat litter in the green bin in Toronto?? I’m in Region of Halton and I don’t think we can.  I’m going to have to check that out!

    We have one blue bin for paper/plastic/cardboard/glass but I wish we didn’t.  I have seen some recycling facilities and there is a lot of material that doesn’t get sorted out properly.  It seems so much more efficient for people to just sort themselves (I have two blue bins anyways, why not just have one for paper/cardboard and one for the rest?) rather than have the municipality do it later at expense.

    Post # 6
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    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    In my town, we have to recycle.  We’re given a large rolling bin and we mix all recyclables together in it.  My parents live in my area too but they are outside of town limits and aren’t required to recycle.  They don’t want to pay extra for recycling service, so they throw it all away.  Drives me nuts.

    Post # 8
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    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I live in a community (outside of Toronto) in Ontario, Canada, everyone recycles and most people compost. We also have free rain barrels given to us by our community counsel. Our area also uses clear garbage bags and the garbage will not be picked up if it has items in it that could have been recycled. You are permitted one small opaque bag within the large clear garbage bag that holds personal items that you might not want others to see (sanitary napkins etc.). The garbage also costs $2.00 per bag (we use a bag tag system). So that dramatically reduces the amount of garbage people put out.

    Post # 9
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    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Recycling has been drilled into my head since I was a kid. I grew up in VT and we tend to be rather, well, “progressive” so I suppose that’s unsurprising. Now I live in Boston and there is mixed-stream recycling which is great!

    I am totally that girl who fishes my coworker’s bottles out of the (small, not gross) trash and puts them into the recycling. There’s no excuse, we have a mixed recycling bin right in our office!

    Post # 10
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    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @AmyFarrahFowler:  +1, we have the same set up and I’m in Charlotte, NC

    Post # 11
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    694 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @sweetchiquita12:  I grew up in Buffalo and now live in Kenmore, a suburb outside of Buffalo. Yes, we don’t have recycle cans in public like you see at Canada’s Wonderland and the Toronto Zoo, and I’m assuming the city. BUT, we do have personalized recycling- in fact the city just got bins as large as your garbage totes for recycling that they pick up every week along with your garbage. I recycle all the time as do most people I see on garbage day. 🙂 Maybe composting isn’t as popular here as in bigger cities.

     

    So, we do recycle at home. I don’t think twice about bringing home a pop bottle or paper I have to put in my recycling bin. Also, we have bottle redemption at every grocery store, Target and other places.

     

    ETA: You don’t pay extra for this, but I’m sure as a homeowner, somewhere along the way you paid for the bins and part of your taxes pay for pickup.

     

     

     

    Post # 12
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    1019 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I live in Georgia. We’re behind on pretty much everything. My husband and I are pretty anal about recycling too, so we have our own bins at home and haul everything to a recycling facility about 2 miles away. It’s actually a pain in the ass since we live on the 3rd floor of a tiny apartment. But we can’t not do it!

    Post # 14
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @sweetchiquita12:  Wow I am still amazed by that!  We definitely can’t put it in here.  Oh well, we just got allowed to put our yogurt cups in the blue box, so baby steps I guess!

    Post # 16
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MrsHS:  That’s fantastic that your community gives out free rain barrels!  We just got one for $40 from our region, but they are such a great way to save water.

    We also have the bag-tag system but it just got introduced and I think you can get free tags at the libraries at least for the first little while, so I don’t know how much it is encouraging people to recycle. 

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