November 15th is America Recycles Day

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

I'm a big advocate of recycling. Unfortunately, the recycling industry is collapsing for two primary reasons; many of our recycling bins are contaminated with food waste and other non-cyclables, therefore rendering the contents unusable, and the markets for recyclables are shrinking. The bottom line is landfills are currently more profitable than recycling.

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So if 90% of what we try to recycle ends up in a landfill because of contamination and being unable to find a market for recyclables, what are we to do?


Refrain from buying single use items. Many items that can be washed and reused. Personally, I don't buy single use water bottles; instead, I use a refillable Yeti or other reusable water bottle with a REUSABLE metal straw. Use filtered water if you prefer.

Repurpose your empty prescription bottles: Did you know many veterinary clinics accept empty prescription bottles? I toss them in a drawer until I've accumulated a dozen or so bottles, then I take them to my local vet's office. They are always happy to receive them.

Cardboard boxes: As a Realtor, I pass my Amazon boxes on to clients to use for moving. Sometimes others in my community save them for me. It keeps those boxes from the recycle bin, or worse yet, a landfill.

Recycle your electronics responsibly. Most areas will have a certified e-recycling center. A quick Google search will point you in the right direction. I've taken several items to my local Best Buy for recycling.

These are simple, everyday steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. Be good to Mother Earth. For other ideas and tips to reduce waste and to recycle, visit this link, Recycle Across America.

Happy Recycling Day, America!


Comments (10)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Pat - I have separate bins and I do recycle everything that is not able to go to landfill.

Nov 15, 2021 06:52 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thanks, Grant! We need more individuals who think like you do.

Nov 15, 2021 07:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Regretfully Minot ND never has had a recycling program Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty but they are considering a curbside program right now. We had two private all purpose recyclers but both have closed. It's very disapointing. Thanks for the tip on pill bottles.

Nov 15, 2021 07:05 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Bob "RealMan" Timm I'm glad the suggestion helped. Anything we can do, no matter how small, can help. Reuse when you can. Thanks.

Nov 15, 2021 07:59 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Pat, Happy Monday and interesting blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Hope you are having a great day!


Nov 15, 2021 09:06 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm having a great day Will Hamm . Hope you are, too.

Nov 15, 2021 01:04 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

When I was a child, my best friend and I would take a little wagon, go door to door in our neighborhoods, collect newspaper, cardboxes and glass bottles, take them to the recycling center and get paid for it! This was in East Germany. That regime got a lot wrong, but were progressive in all things recycling, reusing, and repurposing. Scarcity breeds innovation and recourcefulness. 

I'm still a huge fan of it all and try to make conscious decisions every day. I have been using reuseable shopping bags forever, use my coffee grinds and egg shells in my flower beds and always fill up my compost bin. I was so excited when my county joined that program! 

I love your prescription bottle suggestion! It never occured to me to take them to my vets office, but I will do so now. Thank you Pat! 

Nov 15, 2021 09:34 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

You are already on the band wagon Andrea Bedard !! Thank you for doing your part. We ALL can make a difference.

Nov 15, 2021 01:03 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have been recycling for ages now!  Los Angeles was right there first, and our California trail from LA to Napa to Santa Barbara always were asking for more recycling cans.

As for Carbon, the more trees we plant the less carbon we will have and climate change. A

Nov 15, 2021 10:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat we recycle year round at my house, so I guess everyday is a recycle day at the Souto Household.

Nov 15, 2021 12:41 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm happy to hear it George Souto !

Nov 15, 2021 01:03 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have stuff organized to recycle.  I just need to transport it to where it needs to go.  However, it isn't gonna happen today!

Nov 15, 2021 01:12 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Today is more about awareness. I have a bin in the garage that is full and needs to go to the recycling center, too. :)

Nov 15, 2021 04:06 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Thank you for the reminder Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty. It is important we recycle, I have bin at home for recycling.

Nov 15, 2021 05:52 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Pat,  Thank you for sharing this information on recycling.  We have been recycling for many years,  So far in our area, they are continuing to recycle.  Our town has a good system going for recycling and reusing things.

Nov 15, 2021 08:46 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm happy to hear it Bob Crane. Hopefully there will continue to be a market for processing and utilizing the recyclables. On a side note, I bought two pair of jeans today that were made from recycled bottles! They look great; here's hoping they hold up in the laundry. :)

Nov 16, 2021 06:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

Good information here in your post! We are pretty diligent about recycling, and our town provides separate bins for recyclables, but also has a recyling center for larger items, plus options to return glass bottles and cans for $.


Nov 16, 2021 08:10 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm happy to hear your town provides ways to recycle larger items, and especially glass bottles. It's so hard to find a source that will recycle glass. Three cheers for you!

Nov 18, 2021 04:23 PM