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Old 11-13-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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Hi,

I recently moved from a large city where I was used to getting curbside recycling pickup once per week. Now I live in a very small town surrounded by other small towns; some of these other small towns have recycling drop off centers for glass, plastic, paper, etc--however, they make you sign in and verify that you live IN that town. Of course my town does not have such a center.

What do people do in such a situation? I feel terrible throwing things away that I am used to recycling.

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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Check the yellow pages, the big secret about metal/aluminum cans is that they are worth money especially when separated. Call around and see if you can find a scrap yard that takes them. The steel might pay for the gas to get there if you had truck load. The aluminum usually fetches a couple of bucks for a half dozen bags. Really depends on the market which I think is way down now.

Actually most of that stuff has some value although it might just be a few pennies for 100's of pounds of it. Only the governement could figure out a way to charge you for something with value.

You have to willing to stockpile it if you're going to take that route.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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That is how it works here too.

The nearest 'big city' has a municipal recycling drop-off center that is a drive-through, open 24/7. So anyone can go through it and drop stuff off.

The surrounding smaller towns each have a center, where you must prove that you are a resident and pay taxes there.

Our township has road-side pickup, but only of trash.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Hi,

I recently moved from a large city where I was used to getting curbside recycling pickup once per week. Now I live in a very small town surrounded by other small towns; some of these other small towns have recycling drop off centers for glass, plastic, paper, etc--however, they make you sign in and verify that you live IN that town. Of course my town does not have such a center.

What do people do in such a situation? I feel terrible throwing things away that I am used to recycling.

Thanks!
Change your buying habits so you don't consume as many packaged products.

The process of taking recyclable goods and converting them back into usable products IS a manufacturing process. The process of recycling often times uses more resources and creates more waste than simply creating a product from scratch.

I'm not some wack-right-wing-anti-earth-freak. I'm a big fan of the environment that we all have to live in. I want it to last as long as possible. I want it to be as healthy as possible.

The best way to do that is to use less stuff.

That much is simple un-common sense.
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