Living in a highly urban area, it becomes common behavior to not pay attention as to where our trash is going. Many businesses and people here tend to not fret with concern as to how many trees are being killed with the endless amounts of wasted paper being used and that those convenient bottles that house our fresh alpine waters are going to end up in our oceans and landfills.
Chicago isn't exactly the most environmentally friendly city in the country, but it seems to be trendy now to have some concern for that which we are all leaving behind. In my house we don't recycle because it's a fad, instead I keep it as an important task to ensuring that mother earth will continue to be beautiful for generations to come. So I recycle everything. Milk jugs, junk mail, plastic toiletry containers, anything and everything. Our apartment is tiny, and we have more then overgrown our space, but I keep the area under the sink void of clutter in order to stow away our recyclable items which I later drop in a communal bin designated for my building located in my garage.
My building wasn't always on board about sorting disposables, for the first year or so there was no recycling program in place and all waste was considered garbage. If you chose to recycle, you would have to drive the items to the recycling center yourself because there was no pickup service. However, the condo association here seemed to get their act together about three years ago and put a large recycling bin in our communal garage. With the convenience of having the receptacle so close, it became second nature to be aware of what trash items go where in my home.
Today I was left speechless when I was waiting to pull in my garage when the trash man was emptying our two large trash receptacles, and then rolled the recycling bin on over and dumped it right in with the trash. Well paint me green and call me gumby, boy do I feel foolish.
|Is this really a creditable program???|
I'm not sure if this is a common practice, but it may be more then I would suspect. So it has got me thinking as to if we all just naively sort our waste with hopes that it all ends up in the proper place, or if that is just me. This is a government funded program, shouldn't I be able to trust that these items are being taken care of appropriately?
Do you recycle? And if so how do you make sure your recyclables end up in the appropriate place?