The Bean and Budder spent last Thursday with their grandparents and my hubby and I had much needed time together after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. We drove off in the pickup to do our weekly errands, a dump run and the bottle and can deposits. This was my first time accompanying him to the dump - usually the Bean is his dump buddy. Anyway, I was shocked and discouraged by what I saw. Here I am thinking that our society has come a long way since the days we threw all of our garbage away. I was under the impression that recycling is a fact of life and that it's something people just do. But I was wrong! The scene at the dump was a sad commentary on how little effort is made in our town to cut down on waste and to do something good for the planet.
|The sad scene at our town dump --- notice all the recyclable cardboard and plastic.|
|For the few moments we were there, others were unloading all sorts of items that should have been recycled.|
On a positive note, according to a Harris poll, 70% of people do recycle. So, I guess things could have been worse and the garbage pile could have been bigger. But upon doing some research, I was surprised to learn that the number of people who recycle is slowly decreasing. Back in the '80's 80% of people recycled. And even more surprising is that the younger generation is mostly at fault. Senior citizens do most of the recycling.
It's now a new year and we are formulating our New Year's resolutions. Here's a great one --- in 2010 let us resolve to make more effort to recycle and teach our children to do so too. It really does make a difference. According to Treehugger.com, recycling materials can take as little as 5 percent of the energy you'd wind up expending if you produced them from virgin sources, as is the case with aluminum, which means you not only conserve already-limited resources, but you also curtail potential atmosphere-warming carbon emissions—95 percent, in some cases.
So get with the program and be part of the solution! Learn how and where to recycle at earth911.com
Ok, I feel much better now that I got that off my chest.