This final followup to Thoughts on Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling focuses on recycling—the last option before heading for a landfill, and the one people think about most frequently.
Since recycling receives the most attention, most people have a pretty good idea of what should be done. The hard part then becomes doing it, all the time.
What can we easily recycle, and how do we do it? Unfortunately, this varies significantly from county to county and state to state. Here in Fairfax County, VA, we are lucky – we dump paper, plastic, glass, and cans into our cubside pick-up bins once a week. In other places, these items need to be kept separate, and sometimes even glass needs to be separated by color.
The things we recycle through our weekly curb-site pick-up include:
After these basics, there are a couple other things we regularly recycle that require a little extra attention:
Something we don’t currently do is composting food scraps. This is probably because the majority of our leftover food scraps end up inside our dogs! However, I’ve heard from friends who do it that it’s good way to reduce the need for purchasing fertilizer.
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Click the Fairfax County recycling guidelines image below for a full-sized PDF version: