Dear Ida B. Green,
I live in a small house and can't recycle because I don't have room. My kids are unhappy about this. Any suggestions?
Start at the beginning: Reduce and reuse. Recycling should be your last resort.
Here are some Ida suggestions:
· Eliminate storage and disposal problems of single-use products.
· Use cloth napkins, washable plates, glasses and utensils.
· Drink your water from the tap and carry it in a single, reusable bottle (buy a carbon filter for taste if needed).
· Buy family-sized containers you eat or use often rather than stocking many small containers.
· Buy durable goods that can be used over and over.
· Use mops that have washable heads rather than throw-aways.
· Use cloth rags that can be washed instead of multiple paper towels.
· Use wastebaskets that can be washed out rather than needing plastic liners.
· Carry your own reusable shopping bags rather than accepting another plastic or paper one.
Now that you've gotten rid of the excess of single-use plastics and paper products, see what's left in your wastebasket. Choose the highest-volume recyclable you have and start recycling that in one wastebasket that you can empty into a larger container by your garbage can for weekly pickup or your next trip to Ohio Gulch.
Easy to be Green,