"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Recycle for the Future - The Future is Now

"Waste Stream" courtesy UrbanWoodsWalker under Creative Commons License.

The project:
Deliver our collection of recyclables to the buy-back center.

20 minutes (new center - longer wait - I think I'll carry on with the old center)

Why bother?
In 1987, California adopted the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (AB 2020), also known as the Bottle Bill. The idea - to get Californians to recycle, to stop trashing the parks and roadsides by giving them financial incentive to recycle their soda cans and bottles, among other recyclable materials. Maybe I have a special affinity for it because I remember one of my moms pushing for this, though it seemed like it was LONG before 1987. Or maybe it's just because it makes more sense to me to smash up used pop containers and turn them into something else we can use rather than continuing to mine for brand new, fresh materials.

Worth it?
Yep. It take a little time and it's not much, but it adds up. Our trash will be turned into something new, the money goes in the girls' college savings, our garage recycling pile is cleaned out.

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