Get Yo Green On Tuesday – Recycle Your Ass Off!

Green Ideas — By on February 3, 2009 8:39 am

Today is Tuesday – recycling day in my neighborhood. Why do I call it “recycling” day instead of “trash” day? Because for the last seven years I have lived in my neighborhood, I have put out four recycling bins every week – minimum.


The community I live in requires that you pay for trash pick up, while recycling pick up is free. From a money-saving standpoint, it simply does not make sense to put your recyclables in the trash.

What is the most shocking revelation about this recycling policy? When I drive around the city I see an increasing number of trash cans sitting beside a very tiny, itty-bitty, miniscule recycling bin, barely filled half-full.

I am a trash digger people! I have stopped and looked – your garbage is not full of garbage – it is full of recyclables. It is no more difficult to place a tin can in a recycling bin than it is a trash bin. Landfills in the United States are at the bursting point and by being lazy and not placing recyclables in the proper spot you are part of the problem.

It is time for a change! Please stop being a part of the problem and be a part of the solution. It is time to do it today – get out there and recycle your asses off – I will be cheering you on with pride.

You are the only one who can make a difference; it all starts with a first step towards being kind to the earth.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!

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  1. I hear ya Shawna!!
    Today was the first “Trash Free Tuesday” at my kid’s elementary school. A group of mothers (including me) started a group called “Planet Pals” at our school. We spent weeks educating the kids on what part of their lunches could be recycled and what part could be redone so that it was trash free (using a cloth napkin instead of paper, etc.)
    Well, today was the kick off and we reduced the trash from about 13 bags of lunch garbage to 4 bags! Yes! The kids were so pumped up!
    Each kid that had a completely trash free lunch (nothing to throw out except perhaps the compostable items) got a stamp on their hand. Anyone that put left over fruit in the compost bin or recycled a bottle, etc. got a recycle stamp. Kids were so excited to get stamped. It was just great and the kids learned so much.
    So, now every Tuesday is “Trash Free” with the hopes that it will spill over into everyday. I will keep you posted.

  2. It amazes me how wonderful children are in the “green effort” – nothing more motivating than our children’s desire to do good for the world.
    Teaching them good habits is important and critical for all of our greening efforts.
    Please keep me posted!

  3. Laura says:

    I love anyone who will get out and look threw peoples trash! Good for you. When my city finally gave us a recycle bin I was thrilled. My trash bin is never full but my recycle is full every week. Now If I could just keep the aluminum can hunters from making a mess out of my bins all would be well.

  4. Randy says:

    Maybe you should move here, Chapel Hill/ Durham, NC we have a free shed at our convenience centers for recycling and waste. Yes a free shed, lots of cool stuff like the three piece leather sofa and chairs I got there a lawyer was dropping off. Recently I missed getting a table saw by 4 foot, just didn’t move fast enough. One of my customers got a free outside shower set up. Books galore…

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