Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reduce, reuse, recycle

About a month or so ago the building at work added a bin for compost. We have trash, recycling and compost. It would take me (and many others I noticed) about 5 minutes to figure out where to throw away what.
About a week after the compost bin came to work I started one at home. We just have a mini trash can with a lid where we throw things in there "that come from the ground." That is the best way to think what to compost.
It's really easy to do and I feel even better about the environment by doing this. (Above is the sign we have above our green compost bins at work.) If you have a green bin for grass clippings and such, that is where you can also throw your compost.
I have been trying to be environmentally aware these days. I have pretty much recycled since I have lived on my own. Now we are doing the compost at work and home. And recently I went to Ikea to drop off these long tube flourescent lightbulbs that were left in our back parking slab. You can't throw those things away. Ikea has a bin for you to drop off any of those types of blubs.
I also recycle batteries. We have a bin at work--pretty convenient. Ikea may also take batteries. The one I went to no longer does, but maybe the one near you does still take them.
I recently went to the ewaste place and dropped a bunch of stuff off. And I have started another ewaste pile for another drop off in the future.
As Billy Joel said, we didn't start the fire. But I feel like we need to take some responsibility for this. (My spin teacher actually played that Billy Joel song last night. Ha! Brought back some memories.)


Blogger Erica Kern O'Neill said...

I think of the song from the Jack Johnson/Curious George cd about reduce, reuse recycle! : )

Casey has talked about starting a compost bin at our house. The City of Phoenix sells old recycle bins to be used for composting. I guess they are in good enough shape for composting but not good enough for recycling which sounds perfect. Good for you for doing your part!

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