I normally think of myself as a “with-it” public health professional that knows what it means to care for the environment. I bring my cloth bag to the grocery store to cut down on the use of plastic bags. I walk when driving isn’t necessary. I don’t drain hazardous items into the storm drain. For pete’s sake, I lug around a huge metal water bottle all day so as not to use plastic. However, when I finish my lunch, and I approach the various bins to dispose of my waste, nervousness and dread paralyze me. I should know what goes in which bin, but what about that paper plate with a waxy coating? Or the cup that is now soiled with cold coffee? The soaked tea bag? The plastic wrapping that my delicious burrito came in?
Green Bin: paper towels, food scraps, food soiled paper including wax-lined paper plates and cups, shredded paper, “compostable” food packaging and cutlery (will say so on the packaging), tea bags, coffee filters
NO plastic bags, empty milk cartons, wrappers
Blue Bin: clean paper, clean cardboard, plastic bottles marked with the number 1 or 2 on the bottom, glass bottles, aluminum cans
Please note that guidelines differ by city. For additional information, we encourage you to check out these links:
To help your youngest of your friends and family members get enthusiastic about reducing, reusing, and recycling, here is an entertaining video for you to share: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7x06Bd77zU&feature=related