|Yard waste, recycling, trash.|
For me its worth an extra step to ensure that our natural resources are used responsibly and to their fullest. That said, I know all to well from my involvement with the recycling program on the campus where I work that for a lot of people recycling has to be just as easy as banishing something to the landfill. If not, they won't do it. Curbside recycling makes it easier.
Republic, the waste management company that also picks up our trash and yard waste containers. We looked into it and again decided to just continue hauling our own.
Eventually though we realized that a good chunk of our store room was devoted to housing recycling until we could haul it off. We weren't very consistent in our hauling schedule so we'd end up with more than would fit in our car easily in one trip. So, we compared the two curbside options and decided to just bite the bullet and try one. We could always not renew and go back to doing it ourselves.
Both cost about the same--$15 per month with Earth First Aid and $12.50 per month from Republic.
Republic accepts more paper, cardboard, and plastic products than Earth First Aid. Earth First Aid accepts glass which Republic does not.
Earth First Aid is locally owned. Republic is a national company.
Republic has a single 92 gallon co-mingled bin. Earth First Aid uses totes for different materials and so requires sorting on the consumer end.
canning, homebrewing, and bulk shopping so that was a trade-off we were willing to accept. We continue to take any glass that does crop up to the bins at the service desk at Target. [note: Target no longer accepts glass. BLS2017]
Recycling is, of course, only part of the global waste management solution, since only glass can be recycled endlessly without a decline in quality. Reducing and reusing is where its at! Still, recycling is a step that isn't hard to take in most urban areas (and even in small towns there is at least aluminum and newspaper recycling) and it sure beats tossing that perfectly usable plastic and paper in the landfill to rot and make methane and go to waste.
|What a waste!|