Who here recycles?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jal97jal, Oct 3, 2011.


Do you recycle?

  1. Yes.

    62 vote(s)
  2. No.

    3 vote(s)
  1. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    My community doesn't have many recycling options, but we do have the ability to recycle water, which I take full advantage of.
  2. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I'm a San Franciscan, so I recycle every bit I can. That's y we are one of the leaders of recycling in the nation :)
  3. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Yes, the council collects three different bins each week. Blue for 'dry' recycling, green for 'wet' recycling and black for the rest. The actual systems vary across the UK, but I don't know a single council that doesn't pick up recycling as part of their regular collections. Travelling to a recycling centre would seem very 20th century to me!
  4. Happybunny macrumors 68000

    Sep 9, 2010
    Here in the Netherlands is so normal to recycle. We have separate collections of , Paper, Glass, Plastic, Household chemicals. In every town there is a recycle collection point for large items (think of refrigerators/old computers).

    I would put this way here you would be in the minority if you didn't recycle.
  5. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Yep, most built up areas here in New South Wales, Australia have:

    1) Recycling (Yellow bin)
    2) Grass clippings / organic waste (Green bin)
    3) General waste (Red bin)
  6. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Yeah, but in the UK the government/council pretty much do it for you. Just put stuff in different bins and put them out on the correct days.

    Before that we used to separate things and drop them off in the recycling bins in Tesco.
  7. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    The only reason I do recycle is because my community makes it dead simple : Throw everything that's "recyclable" into the blue bin. I'm not cleaning and sorting trash, so as long as it stays dead simple, I'm going to do it.
  8. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I do, but my town doesn't have any sort of universal trash/recycle pickup without an extra cost. For trash my landlord found it cheaper to just rent a dumpster so I use that, and for recycling my dad makes regular trips to the recycling center so we just pool our stuff together.
  9. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    We recycle bottles/cans but nothing else. It's hard to motivate yourself when your town burns trash and so they just burn most of that stuff and offer no recycling programs...
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I separate them into paper or others but the recycling truck people just dump them in the same place.

    Some desert locations do:

    Sink water -> shower water -> toilet water -> grass water
    Filtered and treated at each step of course
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    That is pretty much how I do it as well.
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Our building (42 condo units) has 6 blue bins, 2 each for paper, cardboard, and plastic/glass/tins.

    Some people are inherently lazy, but it is improving.

    Especially when we find addressed envelopes in the wrong bin. ;)
  13. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    If I'm broke, and I need some cash, then yes, I recycle.
  14. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Yes. But in our small community we don't have pickup, so we drive our stuff to the recycle centre and toss our stuff into various bins. I love the glass bin....

    Here's a quick tip on how to get rid of large items (like furniture). Put it curbside (or kerbside) overnight with a price written on piece of cardboard. Unless you live in a very honest neighbourhood, it'll be gone by morning. Works better than writing "Free" on the cardboard.... :)
  15. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

    May 4, 2005
    Another recycler here. There are collection points pretty much everywhere around here. We're all pretty cool aren't we? I mean, I'm amazing. I recycle, I must have planted 60 trees in my garden in the last five years, I don't allow the hunt onto my land, I'm vegan, I rescue stray cats and feed the wild ones. I give money to Water Aid, Greenpeace & Amnesty International. You're amazing, I'm amazing! ;):D
  16. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    I only recycle the newspaper that are leftover from my delivering (quite a bit, really). We throw them in the large dumpster (usually at a grocery or school), where the paper will be eventually sold to a newspaper company in Canada.
  17. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    The green bin gets picked up every Monday. Everything glass, metal, cardboard, and plastic goes into it, everything else goes in the trash. I'm not sure wh, but our city won't take paper in the recycling bin. :confused:
  18. avro707 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2010
    Yes, I do. We have different bins for different types of waste. Recyclable stuff is put in one bin, while non-recyclable stuff is put in the other. It's one of those things that I've been doing for so long, it's second nature.
  19. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2006
    NE Hoosierana
    Recycle all that we can... cardboard, glass, tin cans, Aluminum, paper. Put all in large cardboard boxes in our garage, load boxes into van, take it all to the collection center ~5 miles in town. A heck of a lot less stuff going into landfills, and ability to actually save material. Helped at work to set up recycle plan for cardboard & paper. :cool:
  20. DewGuy1999, Oct 4, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2011

    DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    We have curbside recycling for Paper, Glass/Tin and Yard Waste. Yard Waste is every week during the growing season. Paper, Glass/Tin is year round and alternates weekly pickups. Before we had curbside pickup for Paper, Glass/Tin we used to take it to the collection point. I've also taken old oil to Advance Auto Parts and florescent bulbs to Menards for recycling. When enough accumulate we take our plastic shopping bags back to the store for recycling. In the near future I plan on taking some old electronics and household electrics to Goodwill for electronic recycling.
  21. mgartner0622, Oct 4, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

    mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    In suburban Denver, CO they have all sorts of the usual programs for recycling Glass, Paper, ect.
    In the cities outlying Denver however, recycling is not very common depending on which trash company you have. I have a company that purchased my contract from Waste Management, and they actually charge their customers to recycle. Not only are there additional monthly fees of around $3, you also have to purchase a specialized recycling bin from the company for $65. Call me evil, but I can't really justify paying extra, even if it does help the environment.
    This is why I voted no.
  22. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I wish I could but the stupid trash people had a recycling bin NOT labeled as such so they got mad when people from the apartment building threw trash in it and took it away.

    Our landlord is trying to get it back but has been unsuccessful. IMO it should be law to have recycling.
  23. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    We have tiny trash bins and huge recycling and organic (separate) bins, so yes I do, but sometimes I get lazy and throw food scraps in the trash :)
  24. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    I'm a trash person. (pun intended) The organic bin would have had a colour coded lid. Recycling is a bit of a joke in my opinion. It's going to take a lot more than reusable shopping bags and recycling to halt environmental degradation.

    We use about 200 litres of diesel and $1500.00 in wages to collect about 15 tonnes of green waste. It seems like a waste of resources when ideally people should be recycling green waste in their own yards.

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