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There was a time when it may have been inconvenient for most people to participate in a recycling program of sorts, but a great many municipal governments are making that a thing of the past.
Here in Nashville TN for example, we have a service called CURBY. That’s right, if you live in Nashville proper than chances are there is a monthly pick up of all recyclables in your neighborhood. The city even provides you with a cart to store them in!
Are you on one of the pick up routes?
So what do you do if you want to recycle, but don’t live on a route (in Nashville) or if your city doesn’t have a recycling program?
Sometimes there are restrictions on what materials are accepted by your local recycling center, so be sure to check prior to making a trip.
In Nashville, you can recycle:
- Aluminum & Metal Cans
- Glass Bottles (clear, green & brown)
- Plastic Bottles & Containers (#s 1 – 7)
- Newspaper & Mixed Paper
- Residential Trash
- Scrap Metal
- Furniture / Appliances
- Mattress / Box Spring (any combination 4/month)
- Tires (up to 4/month)
- Cleaners / Solvents
- Paints / Paint Thinners
- Used Oil / Antifreeze
- Gas Cylinders
- Air Conditioners
- and even more!…
Recycling is one of those things that makes a big difference and everyone can participate in. Are you an evil nature hater if you choose not to? No, of course not. It’s each person’s choice, and I am only just starting this journey myself. (Uh, that’s what this blog is about ya know.)
So if you feel up to it, and I hope you do, give recycling a shot and see what happens. Find a recycling center near you at Earth911.com.
I think every little step toward living green is an awesome one… but eco-snobbery sucks! My goal is to help newbies learn the most important steps toward living green — individually and collectively. Personally, I strive to have as little impact as possible on Planet Earth while I'm here.