“I keep setting the plastic blue bin on the curb so they’ll take it away. And I intentionally leave it empty so they should know that I don’t want it. But they just keep leaving it and expecting me to use it each week.” Unfortunately, these are the paraphrased but pretty accurate words that were recently stated by someone during a group conversation at a party. This individual was actually complaining about the inconvenience of having to decide whether or not something is recyclable when she’s placing it in a trash receptacle. But I feel, or hope, that she is in the minority with this feeling that recycling everyday household goods is a tedious and mind-taxing chore.
Recycling for many people is easy. Recycling bins are provided for homes, they’re on the streets and labeled or in different colors so you can easily differentiate between recycling and regular trash, and they’re in schools, parks, offices, and so many other physical locations where we spend our lives on a daily basis. For the most part, it’s fairly easy to recycle paper, plastic, and glass goods that we use on a daily basis. But what about recycling those other items that we use every single day and treat as trash every 18- to 24-months? You know, electronics like cell phones, tablets, and laptops or PCs.