Thankfully our town has curbside recycling now, but it didn’t for a while, and when we lived in Vancouver, we had to recycle without curbside pick-up
It may not be as easy, but you really can recycle without curbside pick-up!
At one point, I wrote about how I believe Christians should care for Creation by recycling. Really, it all boils down to stewardship. Are we being good stewards of this world God gave us–or are we not?
But I realize that my family has it pretty easy.
As I showed you in the video clip, we simply collect our recyclables in a small trash can that stays in our kitchen pantry, transfer the contents of that trash can to a larger one in the garage once it is full and we then walk all of a few yards to the big recycling trash can that the city picks up every other week.
I know that’s not an option for many of you. And I get that. I really do.
When we first moved back to the U.S. after our semester living in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we desperately wanted to continue recycling. But our town did not offer a recycling service at the time!
We were frustrated, to say the least!
We called around and discovered that our town wasn’t quite as anti-recycling as we had thought: They did recycle at the local dump; residents just had to sort and bring in the recycling themselves.
And so our little recycling system was born.
At the time, we were still living in a two-bedroom townhouse. Space for recyclables was very limited.
We had enough room in our closet pantry for a full-sized trash can. It’s actually the same trash can we still use for our recycling in our garage!
We placed all of our recyclables in that pantry trash can.
When it was all of the way full, I brought out paper bags, and I sorted everything right in my kitchen floor.
I used individual bags for plastics, glass, metal, paper and cardboard.
I liked sorting at home instead of at the actual dump because it made it such a quick drop-off since I would arrive with everything already ready to go!
The dump was just a few minutes from our house, and we visited there about once per week.
I will not lie. I was shouting with excitement when our town instituted the curbside pick-up! But still…I was happy to recycle this slightly-inconvenient way for three years.
So there you have it. You can recycle without curbside pick-up in 3 easy steps:
- Determine a location in your home to store recyclables. (A second trash can will suffice!)
- Sort the recyclables yourself.
- Take your sorted recyclables to your nearest recycling center.
If you have room, you can even use separate bins for separate recyclables. Each place may have a different list of what they can or cannot recycle, so check with your local center.
Every little bit helps!
If you are unsure of the location of your nearest recycling center, this link can help you out. Simply type in your zip code, and it will pull up recycling centers in your area! This is will also tell you where you can recycle things like cell phones or other technology or items that cannot be taken to the dump.
Does your town have curbside pick-up for recycling? Do you recycle? Why or why not?
My friend Emily, of Live Renewed, has recently released a 250+-page ebook guide ALL about green living! In this ebook, Emily will teach you step-by-step how to “green” your life!
Like me, Emily’s desire to be a good steward of Creation spring from her love for the Lord.
To find out more about Green Your Life, click here.