Our major recycling problem is plastic bottles—water, soda and milk. We seem to be drowning in plastic. Of course, the obvious solution is to buy fewer plastic items, and we’re trying to do that to the extent possible.
As for reusing, those two liter bottles make great mini-greenhouses for spring transplants; cat litter buckets are the perfect size for yard projects; and milk jugs can be turned into bird feeders.
I still have relapses, but my daughter is trying to keep me straight. As a matter of fact, she has taken on the responsibility of the plastic bottles and soup cans.
You’re probably thinking, Life is busy enough without adding trips to the recycling center. But 15 minutes every other week is not too much to ask in the war to save our planet. Once it becomes habit, going to the recycling center will become routine. Start small. Save newspapers or compost kitchen waste—just get started. Our future generations are counting on us all.