Single Stream Recycling… have you heard about this yet? Well, it’s just become my reality. And it is nothing short of:
Everything that can be recycled goes into one bin. Everything. And the list of recyclables is a whopper. A doozy. It includes the usual paper, cardboard, cans, #1 and #2 plastics… but it includes more. A lot more:
- caps and lids
- plastics #1-#7
- rigid plastic (yes, as in, TOYS)
- frozen food containers
- Tyvek envelopes
- waxed paper
- window panes
Are you as shocked as I was?? Because until this week, I could put out the basics: cans, jars, bottles. Paper, newspaper, and cardboard had to be separated and brought (by me) to the dump. No fun. Kind of a pain. I was a slacker sometimes. And those things would pile up in my kitchen for an embarrassingly long time, because I didn’t have a system figured out.
And now – oh, joy! My trash can is tiny, since I only need it for my tot’s nightly Pull-Up. My compost bin is thriving. And the recycling is out of my kitchen, out the door, and on to new life.