I don't know why we started Recycling, except that it was Brynne's idea. She was really excited about it, so I bought three rope-handled tubs to put in our garage for paper, plastic, and aluminum cans.
Our method is to put anything recyclable on our counter by the stove, and then a few times a day we take it out and put it in it's proper tub. Once the tubs are full (or overflowing, as is usually the case), we load them up in the back of the Suburban and take them to our Recycling Center in town. It's near the library, so we usually combine it with one of our many weekly library trips.
There, we distribute the items in their proper places.
It astounds me how much we recycle! This photo shows how much recycling we had in about a two-week time. (The aluminum cans had been being collected in Dawson's Nerd Cave for a few months. He recycles there, too. We don't have this many cans in a couple week period.)
The kids are able to help with distributing the recyclable materials once at the Center. They especially love dropping the cans down the chute.
Before we started recycling, our trash dumpster would be completely full every week. In fact, many weeks I would sneak up an extra bag or two for the trashmen to pick up. But, now we vary rarely have more than two bags of trash per week. And the one or two bags we have are usually not even completely full.
Sometimes I look at our recycling and imagine that amount times every house in our subdivision, then times every house in our city, then times every house in our state, and so on. What a difference we would make in our world if EACH family took the (very little) time to recycle. Really, what a difference.
We could do even more, I am sure. But I am happy with what we are doing. And the kids are very conscious of making sure all items go to recycling that need to. It has also made me more conscious about what I purchase, trying to make sure the packaging would be recyclable.
We are linking up at Blogging Through the Alphabet with Ben and Me.