Thursday, October 2, 2008

Recyclables and reusables found Thursday, October 2, 2008

Today's recyclables:
  • 2 plastic bottles (1 Sprite, 1 Lucerne milk)
  • 1 glass bottle (Everfresh orange juice)
Today's reusables:
  • 2 twist ties
  • 1 small plastic bag suitable for use cleaning up after dogs
I first saw the milk bottle yesterday, but left it where it was because there was still a cup of milk left in it and I hoped its owner would return to claim it. Today, I poured the milk out and took the bottle for recycling.

I've now been writing the Recital for a week, and have noticed a change in how I regard my own trash collecting activities. I used to be relieved when I didn't find many recyclables, thankful not to have to haul lots of extra stuff around with me. Now, however, I compare myself to some of the eco-runners I've read about, and feel like I should be collecting a lot more stuff. I find myself thinking about going to the park where teens drink beer just so I can gather up lots of cans and bottles. I'm resisting that urge, because I think I would soon burn out if I spent any more time than I already do on picking up and cleaning recyclables, but the urge is definitely there.


just Gai said...

Thank you for following my blog. I've just been reading through your posts. You're a remarkable person and I'm full of admiration for the task you've set yourself. It's clearly not a glamorous occupation and, like you, I regret that it is necessary. Because of the way we were brought up neither I not my children would even entertain the possibility of dropping litter. It just wouldn't be right. And yet all around us there are people who feel no compunction about it at all. Amazing! Do they not care? Or do they just not think?

Cousin Yellowstone said...

Hello Gai, and thank you for commenting. Your blog is an inspiration to me. I've long aspired to eliminate waste from my life, especially pointless packaging that gets thrown out the minute I get home, and have found it a great challenge to find even the most basic foodstuffs without lots of packaging. The most recent challenge involves a cashier insisting that food from bulk bins be placed in new plastic bags, defeating the whole point of bulk bins. Reading your blog gives me hope that some day I'll figure out more effective ways of reducing waste.

Like you, I was brought up never to litter, and find it difficult to understand the mindset of people who litter. I presume they don't leave litter on the floors of their own homes, and wonder where they draw the boundary between their litter-free homes and the okay-to-litter wider world. Do they drop litter in their own front yards? In front of their next door neighbors' houses? I'd really like to know.