So apparently Recycling Month is April, to coincide with Earth Day and all the excitement around it. For this blog and myself, it’s going to be May though. I decided this yesterday as I unloaded my first Whole Foods bag full of recyclables at the little drop-off area of the store.
It was a big day. And it’s worth documenting. If only there was someone there to snap a photo of the embarrassingly triumphant look on my face as I drop the items in.
I know for a lot of you reading this, it seems ludicrous that I am writing about my first (real) time really recycling, but it’s the truth. You might recall that I recently wrote (on Earth Day, actually!) that I didn’t really grow up with the everyday opportunity to recycle. Well, I wasn’t kidding.
And let me tell you, separating my paper and different plastics into the different bins they were meant for yesterday and walking back to my car with that empty bag was liberating.
Did I already say it was a big day?
Since writing the post about the “basics” of recycling, I began more aware of everything I used up and inspected every package for a recycle symbol with a number (resin identification code) inside it. I swear, you know you’re appreciating the little things in life when you get excited about seeing that the plastic tray your cookies were in has the symbol on it, giving you the OK to recycle it.
So I just set my Whole Foods bag aside and was amazed by how quickly it filled up! I was so thrilled by seeing how much was going in my “to recycle” bag as opposed to my trash bag, you’d think I was getting some Ben Franklins for it or something!
It was just incredible to think how much waste I, one lone person, can stop from going into landfills by recycling. Such a simple way to make an impact. According to the EPA, the average American generates 4.5 pounds of waste a day. It’s not hard to figure out that that will quickly add up.
You may have noticed that I said I did my recycling at Whole Foods. As if the place really needs another reason to be a version of my own personal heaven, yes, you can recycle there. At the location I go to, there are areas right inside the vestibule and also café. Maybe not quite as convenient as curbside, but at least it’s an option for those of us who don’t have many others! And kudos to them for providing that service as well. It is convenient when you are going to shop there anyway, so you can just unload your bag of recyclables before you load back up with groceries.
Now since I set out to become a recycler, my eyes are seeing everything around me in a new way, with new possibilities, and it’s so exciting. And this is why, this month will be the May I Recycle, or at least start.
With my new view on things, I’m seeing that there is so much more to recycling than juice containers and newspapers. So this month, I’m setting out to learn about all of it that comes to mind. If you have anything to offer or something that you’ve been wondering about, let me know!