Keep Al Gore Happy- Think Creatively About Recycling

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

 

Recycle and ReuseOur family has always been good about recycling.  In fact we have shared trash service with neighbors, as we couldn’t fill one of those large bins that all of the local trash services want you to have.   Big, bulky and ugly are the only way to describe them but they do make good rain barrels (but that is another blog.) 

So as we continue to read more and more about the impact that trash is having on the environment it reminded me of some of the ways that we have been creative when it came to dealing with recyclables.  My daughter used to take the cardboard outer wrappers from cereal or other colorful boxes along with our old computer paper and I would bind them at the office (the same way you might do your listing brochures) into note pads.  She could make them in a variety of sizes and some of her friends were inspired to try it out.  It is an easy project and instead of throwing the boxes in the trash they ended up with one more round of life before they headed to the recycling bin.  My daughter now is into vermiculture (yes that is worms) and most of her food scraps go to the worms and of course the results into compost for her garden. 

For a number of years I had a large glass kiln and my friends would bring me their wine bottles.  I would melt them down into the flat cheese trays that were popular at the time.  The extras were sold at local craft fairs along with my other glass projects.  I even created a process that I named “urban debris glass” where I took all of the leftover glass from other projects and melted them together to form a new sheet of glass.  They became the basis for new glass projects, tiles or jewelry.  By the time I was done I had very few scraps left for the landfill.  There are other glass arts out there who might also want some of your bottles.  Next time you go to a crafts fair and see an artist selling the wine bottle cheese trays ask them if they would like your bottles too.

Now if I could figure out a less messy way to turn my shredded bills into homemade paper I’d be just about free of taking anything to the recycling bin!  Otherwise I’m on the hunt for a papier mache artists who would like bags of shredded paper. 

recycling binsRecycling centerIf you live in Fairfax County and not as crazy about your recycling as our family is, then you can take the items that the local trash companies won’t pick up to one of the county recycling centers.  If you live in the Springfield area you may want to head over to Wakefield Park where you drop off your junk mail, newspapers, glass and plastic at one of the recycling bins by the recreation center.  If you have kids it is a great way to get them involved in understanding the importance of recycling to our environment.

 And if you are feeling a bit creative take another look at some of the items that are going into your recycling bin and see if there isn’t another way to put them to use.  You might be surprised what you or someone in your family can create out of “trash.”

 

 

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Kevin McGrath
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I think it is a great topic, and one which every person could use to change the world. While I also believe in Recycling, I also think Not Using can help. When I go to the store, and I buy one thing, no bag. What is the point?

You can melt down bottles into cheese trays? Man - you are handy! If I was in an emergency situation, and I could have you or McGyver with me, I'll take you.

Jan 25, 2008 09:56 AM #1
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I started a recycling program at my office.  We have several paper bins depending on how confidential the papers are.  We also have bins for cans and plastics.  We recycle an average of 20 pounds of paper a month!  I was shocked!  The greatest part is the cleaning crew noticed we had started to recycle and they now take paper that mistakenly finds its way to the trash can and they put it in the recycling bins.  I remind everyone at the Sales Meetings that any paper that can tear is recyclable.  They have really gotten into it!  It takes a little extra work on my part, I drive the recycling to the center once a month, but it is all worth it! 
Jan 25, 2008 10:39 AM #2
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Emily Johnston
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Cindy-

Wow, you ARE really creative with your recycling! My husband and I always recycle as much as possible, and our recycle bin is usually full. My sweetie even bought me Organic Cotton Bags for a Christmas present. We've been having so much fun piling our groceries into these cotton mesh bags... He's going to order a bunch more soon!

Thanks for the tip on glass bottles. I'll be on the lookout for someone who could put them to good (re)use!

~Emily

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Kevin-I am amazed when I go to the local farmers markets and find them giving everyone little plastic bags for their food.  DUH!  No I'm no where near as handy as McGyver but at least I'm clever.
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Sarah-fantastic. As a profession we do generate a lot of trash and if our contracts get any longer they are going to kill an entire tree to print one.
Jan 25, 2008 11:30 PM #5
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Emily-I know Fresh Fields said they are elminating plastic bags and I love my canvas bags for food.  I try to keep one in my car all the time.  But I do have a DUH moment and have to grab a paper one at the store.
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I enjoyed seeing what you wrote about recycling glass bottles in the kiln - years ago in my bartending days, I saved all of the wine, olive & maraschino cherry bottles & jars for a local artist.  She would separate them by color and use them in her fused glass work.  It was a thrill to see her work come from such humble objects - and even greater to see her work exhibited in places like the Habitat Gallery in Aspen!
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