Friday, December 28, 2012

Recycle and Help Others!

It is amazing how many recyclable bottles and cans my family produces! One  of the ways I have found to recycle them is  the Greenopolis recycling kiosk. You sign in, receive an awards card, (which you scan each time you recycle) scan each bottle or can and deposit them into the machine. After you have finished depositing you get points that can be used for movie tickets,  restaurants, hotels etc. I use a kiosk at a grocery  store I frequent so I don't make an extra trip, just take my recycleables when I go to do my grocery shopping. The web site has a location site to help you find them in your area.

The best place to recycle your paper is a one of these Paper Retriever dumpsters. They can usually be found in schools or church parking lots. You simply pull up deposit your newspapers, magazines, paper and others get the rewards. Better than filling a landfill. They don't take phone books and never deposit anything with your personal information on it. They also have a location site on their web site.
Photo: Help raise money for Washington County 4-H!! Please bring all of your newspapers and magazines to these recycle dumpsters, located at the Extension Office and Marvin's grocery store.

Both of these would be great ways to teach children the importance of recycling. Let them be responsible for keeping everything sorted. Let them decide which place you want to take your papers and let them see how their points add up and where they want to spend them. They may even be able to collect items from elderly relatives or neighbors, great way to connect and help others.
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  1. I've never heard of Paper Retriever. I'll definitely have my eyes peeled for them now. Thanks for the info.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. I love the idea of putting the kids in charge of the recycling. Our condo association doesn't have recycling pick up (or so we thought) so for years my husband and I separated our trash and took it over to relatives houses where they did have recycling pick up. Then we learned that actually the company that collects our trash sorts everything and recycles. It's been a major convenience and reduced trash clutter in our home not having to separate and store up recyclables and then take them to drop them off, but now we have a little boy and I don't like that he just sees us toss away everything. AT 2 1/2 years old separating garbage yourself is a much more concrete lesson than just being told that it happens "after the garbage truck eats it" (as he refers to trash pick up).

    I've never seen bins for paper collection like you've shown here.

  3. We are very lucky where we live that recycling is so important that you are required to sort your trash! We have trash pickup and 3 different bins -- one for garbage, one for recyclables and one for greens. It is absolutely worth the little extra! Gone are the days when you would go to the park and see pigeons with plastic 6 pack rings stuck on their head but we have a long way to go!

  4. We also separate our trash-recycle or regular-but it is voluntary in my area. I'm glad we have a curbside service for it! Thanks for linking with me. :)