I have always been really into recycling. I use to take recycling to a recycling center before the county I live in had curbside recycling. Each residence in my county receives on bin for curbside recycling. I have four and, generally speaking, three are filled to the brim each week and the fourth is partially full.
There are other parts to being a good steward of our resources – such as reducing what you use – but those are for a different entry. This entry is all about recycling.
The local Watchdog blog at Pressconnects.com has an entry today that Binghamton – the “big city” in the county here – has placed recycling receptacles along Main and Court Streets. These receptacles are an attempt to keep recycling items from the landfill. This is a wonderful idea as long as it is followed through. There is nothing I hate more than taking the time to recycle something to know that the custodial service puts the recycling in the trash.
Another interesting idea is the RecycleBank that is used in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The recycling bins in Cherry Hill are actually like a garbage can. Each that is at a participating residence has a chip in it. The chip is read when the bin is emptied. The chip converts the weight of recycling to points which can then be redeemed. In some neighborhoods, the neighbors split the points the entire neighborhood receives.
Any idea that helps promote recycling is good to me.