Sometime in my high school career I started to really care about the planet and the affect we humans have on it. It might have been that science project I did where I deprived goldfish of light and they turned white and were itty bitty. I realized that I could have an effect on other things. And that is when I went from loving wildlife to wanting to protect it for what harms it….us and our need for disposable lifestyles.
All of my children’s lives I have been recycling. I have tried to teach them to separate the recyclable materials from the trash. What is recyclable, what is compostable, what is actual trash and what has to go to hazardous waste for disposal. Now, I have a job where that is what I do….I go around to all the 87 schools in our school district and make sure they have the tools they need to recycle the items the school district recycles.
I wish I could say that my children all recycle all recyclable materials, but that would be a lie. I am constantly catching them throwing away some recyclable material in trash can. So how I am to teach other people’s kids to recycle when the adults in their lives don’t.
I run on the precise that I touch the heart of at least one kid a year. That I spark the love of the planet in at least one of them. If so, that I am doing my job.
But really….recycling isn’t that hard. It takes some time to find out what is recyclable in your area. What can go in the curbside verses what you have to take to drop off center. What’s free and what has a fee. Then, just like brushing your teeth, make it a habit with everything you have. Before you throw it away take a few minutes to recognize what it is and how best to dispose of it. Taking that couple of minutes to think about what you are about to throw away just might make you ask yourself if you needed it in the first place. The best thing we can do for the environment is to reduce our consumption…. consumption of everything. Next, reuse what you can and recycle the rest.