|The bin dilemma|
1) DON'T place your recyclables in a plastic bag. Plastic bags really mess up the sorter machines. Just dump your recyclables directly into that big blue bin - no bag needed!
2) Only recycle goods listed on THIS LIST. Otherwise, put it in the trash ....OR....
3) Join DC's Freecycle Network. Anyone living or working in DC can join. This website is a true testimony to the idea that "one person's trash is anothers treasure"!
4) Compost it! Food waste is a major issue in recycling streams. If you can't start a compost in your own yard, see if another neighbor or your local community garden will take it....OR treat yourself to a FatWorm Compost, Compost Cab or (support local vets through a) Veteran Compost subscription!
5) Participate in a Terracycle Brigade. Terracycle will pay the postage for the items you send in. I'm participating in the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade this summer, asking my friends and neighbors to drop off old lipsticks, chapsticks, shampoo bottles and such.
5) Donate your old doors, windows, sinks, tools, flooring, extra tile, etc, etc, etc to Community Forklift!
6) Reduce your consumption. It's a great time of year to experiment with making your own food and hygiene products...and reduce your consumption of plastics.
- Keep a reusable water bottle in your purse, backpack, briefcase.
- Bring reusable containers with you for your restaurant meal leftovers.
- Bring your own plastic bags to the grocery store/farmers market for your fruits and vegetables.
- When you order drinks, specify "No Straw Please!".
- When ordering online, specify "No plastic or styrofoam packing!".
I'd love to hear your ideas for ensuring that waste stays out of landfills. Send them to me at dcrecyclerdc@gmail!