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Old 04-19-2008, 04:49 AM
 
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Honestly I try to be a good green person. Three bags and I mean yard waste size bags, of cans, bottles and the likes are sitting in my garage. I swear I wear one earth shoe and one high heel. I can't throw them in the garbage but I can't make myself take them to recycling to get my money back. Does anyone else have that issue? I need to fix it before it takes over a slot in the garage.
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I know how you feel. We don't have recycling pickup in my town yet, though it's coming.

I still have a big stack of empty boxes waiting to be broken down and sneaked into some business's box recycling bin. A couple of boxes are overflowing with bottles and cans. Since we don't have many 'can collectors' in my little neighborhood, I can't simply leave them hanging in the lane for a voluntary pickup.

I guess I could drive downtown today and carry the handful of dead batteries I've accumulated to the Earth Day Festival.

It's not easy, is it?
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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Well in my state the bottles have the 5 cent deposit except for the water bottles so I have a lot of money sitting there I don't want to give to the recycle truck.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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This is the first time I have been struggling with trash and recycling because in a 50mile radius I might be able to recycle all the bottles, plastic, paper, etc. but not in one place, and not on the same days. I have 5 plastic, totally reusable bags I bought in VT to sort all the stuff; I have two waste containers to sort all the stuff--and a cellar with a corner for boxes....but I don't get to all these locations on the day(s) of recycling each month and often get frustrated. I also burn trash and compost it, but in this area, recycling takes 5th or 6th place, while other places I've lived made it a priority.

We can't even recycle plastics in the same location--one is about 30m from me; the other 25m in the opposite direction.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I can only offer you something that works for me. Whenever I'm having trouble parting with something, I look at the size of it and I say "this is taking up X square feet of my space" and that helps me decide if it stays or goes.

For something to take up 1 square foot or more of space, I better love it, or it goes. Anything I've ben putting on the back burner to donate, this helps me motivate and get it where it needs to go.

I only have so much square footage and what I love more than anything is open space, so it's something I'm always striving for...less stuff, more room!


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Old 04-20-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Funny, riveree, each morning when I open my computer a message flashes before me, it says: if you don't use it, lose it.


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I can only offer you something that works for me. Whenever I'm having trouble parting with something, I look at the size of it and I say "this is taking up X square feet of my space" and that helps me decide if it stays or goes.

For something to take up 1 square foot or more of space, I better love it, or it goes. Anything I've ben putting on the back burner to donate, this helps me motivate and get it where it needs to go.

I only have so much square footage and what I love more than anything is open space, so it's something I'm always striving for...less stuff, more room!


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Old 04-20-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Because of this thread, I got motivated enough to flatten and carry all of the old boxes to the recycler. There is probably 30 sq. ft. more space in my garage. I'm thinking of having a party out there next weekend.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Make it a month or more and an invitation would get me there.


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Because of this thread, I got motivated enough to flatten and carry all of the old boxes to the recycler. There is probably 30 sq. ft. more space in my garage. I'm thinking of having a party out there next weekend.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Make it a month or more and an invitation would get me there.
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