Recycling Review

It is indeed the first Wednesday in October as I heard the storm siren test earlier today.  That means it’s time for another Wonder if it Works Wednesday post where I go back and share whether a previous organizing project was a success or a huge failure.  Today, I’ve decided to return to the land of recycling.  Remember when I decided to get all crafty with using the big cereal box as a bag holder.  

I left the one tall flap on the box to give myself a little extra room to hide the bags.

I left the one tall flap on the box to give myself a little extra room to hide the bags.

I was trying to find a way to make all my excess plastic bags fit in one spot along with coming up with a plan to store the recycling I hoarded until I could drop it off at J’s elementary school (literally, a 5 minute drive from here).   I often had recycling covering my kitchen chair and half the kitchen floor.

Using my kitchen chair as a recycling station is not a very pretty solution.

Using my kitchen chair as a recycling station is not a very pretty solution.

THAT problem has been solved for a mere $6 a month by our lovely trash service company.  Actually, much less than that because they lowered our rate significantly under some promotion when they added the service.  Is this not the most beautiful sight?

Isn't this so much prettier than trash bags full of recycling taking up space in my kitchen?

Isn’t this so much prettier than trash bags full of recycling taking up space in my kitchen?

One problem solved.  Someone did point out that the school gets a cut on the recycling we send to their bin but I pointed out that family peace and harmony is more important!  Now, let’s talk about those plastic bags shall we?  I really do not want to show my collection (Does it sound better if I refer to it as a collection?) because it’s grown a bit since I made my box.  Maybe plastic bags are like Gremlins and someone gave them water and food when I wasn’t looking.  I don’t know.  Be warned, this is not pretty.

This is what the area looks like today.  There is room for the steam mop so that is small plus.

This is what the area looks like today. There is room for the steam mop so that is a small plus.  

The cereal box storage container is still there in the very bottom!

The cereal box storage container is still there in the very bottom!

So, anyone need any plastic bags for anything?  I can help you out!  Just don’t ask me for a plan on how to store them or let them go.  I cannot seem to use them up fast enough.    In review, recycling is working but plastic bag storage (stashing, collecting, keeping?) is definitely not working.  Maybe there is a support group out there somewhere for those of us unwilling and unable to part with plastic bags?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Recycling Review

  1. Maria

    Here in Australia we have recycle bags that can be used many times over when doing grocery shopping. And this just eliminates all those ” plastic bags problem ” !

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    1. Jean Post author

      We have those here as well, cloth bags that you can buy and use again and again. I think you can do that with the paper bags as well. If I could just figure out how to remember to take those bags with me. I really should be more mindful about it since I’m fairly certain the grocery store gives a slight discount for every bag you bring in yourself. Thanks for reminding me of that option!

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  2. Sarah

    We can drop off bags at two different grocery stores and Walmart. I do have to remember to get them into the car (not usually a big problem) and then remember to take them in with me (often missed unless I tuck one in my waistband when I leave the house) but I don’t feel guilty about throwing away reuseable things.

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    1. Jean Post author

      This makes me think I should look into whether I can put the bags in our new recycling bin! I think Target has a drop off for bags as well now that I think about it. I know they do for printer ink cartridges. Thanks for the idea!

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