Confession: I’m a big fan of recycling, but selfish enough to insist that the process not be too laborious and complicated. When I have to start rinsing, sorting, and removing labels, I–well, I’m still a big fan in theory, willing myself to duty but growing inadvertently drafty.
My town of Meadville makes it easy—accepting clear and colored glass, all cardboard, and all plastics numbered 1-7, jumbled together in one handy home bin. Now that I like!
The issue still complicated and sporadic for me was recycling paper. We are asked to tie it up into a bundle with string and place it on top of our recycling bin.
I am sorry to say that our family goes through a lot of paper—junk mail, completed math sheets, craft projects, old forms, meeting agendas, newspapers, and magazines. Once I started trying to recycle it, I found it gathering in large, messy stacks, waiting to be tied up, toppling over now and then just to add a little sparkle to life.
So I made myself a little box to gather it all in. Here’s how.
1. Find an empty copy paper box—or any box of similar size.
2. Cut a half-inch slit into the top center of each side.
3. Take two long pieces of string or twine and cross them over each other, wedging firmly into the slits.
4. Press string down into bottom of box.
5. Store in an accessible place, such as a pantry or closet.
6. Toss in junk paper anytime you find some.
7. After two weeks (or whenever recycling is due), tie the dangling ends into a knot, and your bundle is done.
8. Cut new strings for the box and start gathering again.
Believe it or not, we can fill this bin about every two weeks.
Do you recycle, or maybe reuse? What tips do you have to share?