Do you recycle or send all of your garbage to the landfill?
My family just recently began recycling since we bought our first home. I am VERY shameful that it took so long to start but I never learned the importance of it while growing up. Sure, I recycled pop cans and bottles but only because each one was worth 10 cents. (One of the benefits of living in the state of Michigan.) It wasn’t until I attended Michigan State University that I really learned the value in recycling and how to do it. I am now very adamant about making sure my children grow up recycling, as well as learning the values of reducing and reusing materials.
If you do not recycle, drive past your local landfill and take a big whiff! We have one about ten minutes away from our home that smells just atrocious! It is important to do as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste piling up in those garbage pits to protect our land and water. I am sure you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is twice the size of Texas?
Do you care about our ocean pollution? How about your local landfill pollution? When landfills are not properly managed, water and soil contamination can occur, resulting in negative health consequences. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to drink dirty-diaper-pesticide-toilet-bowl-cleaner-battery-acid water. All of our garbage has to go somewhere and as the human population continues to exponentially increase, so do our landfills. In order to protect local neighborhoods, rivers, and lakes, finding new landfill locations becomes more and more difficult. Nobody wants to live next to a dump. The best thing we can do now is to recycle and reduce the amount of non-biodegradable materials we use.
Are you proud of the state of California for banning the use of plastic bags? I AM. Go them!
If you don’t know how to recycle, contact your local government agency and ask! My county offers FREE recycling drop off locations all throughout the area. I actually have a recycling site located two minutes away from my house. It is very convenient and they do not require sorting of materials or label removal. They only ask that the materials are CLEAN. I was expecting to have to pay for recycling pick up at my house so I feel very lucky.
Remember, it is never too late to start recycling and ANY and ALL effort is worth it!
IMPORTANT: If you are a parent with a baby, consider using cloth diapers to avoid adding 8,000 disposable diapers (PER CHILD) into your local landfill. Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. (Source: EPA, 10 Fast Facts on Recycling)
Please read my cloth diapering series to learn how easy it is to make the switch!
- Introduction: gMum Cloth Diapering Series
- gDiaper Basics
- Laundering Cloth Diapers
- Homemade Cloth Wipes & Solution
- How to Strip Cloth Diapers