It’s Easy to Be Green

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Being green may be easier than you think.

I confess that I am a total geek. You probably knew that already.

But, in January our city moved to co-mingle recycling and whoops of joy were heard from my home when I opened the flyer advertising as such. You see, when we first moved to this house in 2009 we found out that the city’s recycling program did not allow for easy collection or storage of recyclables. They insisted that everything be sorted and placed in these itty-bitty open boxes that were just one rat fest waiting to happen.

Since we know I don’t do rodents, that didn’t work for me.

Needless to say, we didn’t recycle. And I felt guilty every time I put a milk carton in the trash. But, no longer! Co-mingle is here to stay. Oh happy day! We have several LARGE barrels with lids where we just toss all our paper, plastic and glass. Easy peasy.

Even if you don’t have co-mingle recycling where you live, here are a few other easy ways to go green:

4 Cheap and Easy Ways to Go Green
Tips for a Greener Homeschool and Office
Tips for using Reusable Shopping Bags
13 Ways You Can Go Green
Plant an Orchard
Total Green Living
Cloth Diapering
Do It Yourself Recycling
Washing Produce
How to Decorate Cheap and Green
Reducing Waste in the Kitchen
Frugal Ways to Go Green
Upcycling (Using What You’ve Got)
Worm Composting

How do you live green?

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  1. I noticed as I changed to healthier eating habits that my garbage AND recycling cans took longer to fill up….which could bring more green ($$) into my pocket as I cut back on garbage services.

  2. We recycle as much as we possibly can. As a fellow geek, I have a personal goal to use only one trash bag each week. We often make it, but there are times when we don’t. I noticed that eating more produce and buying non-produce items in bulk reduces waste too, so it’s a double bonus for eating healthier!

  3. We have to haul our recycle-ables to the dump. I didn’t recycle until our landlord limited the entire building to one (large) can. Now we have half a bag (if that) a week. I wish our neighbors would also recycle ’cause it’s still a challenge to fit our trash in the can.

  4. We use the co-mingle method here, too. Our family also composts all the food scraps we can and try not to have any waste if we can think of other ways to use our food. We save our water while waiting for it to heat up and use that to water plants. We collect our hazardous waste for our community’s hazardous waste collection day. We use rain barrels for watering our yard and garden. We collected our and my parent’s old electronics for a collection day at one of the local colleges… guess you could say, we are always on the lookout for something new to try. Before I buy something, I think “what do I have that can be used for this?” and usually come up with a good idea!

  5. That would be nice, but I’m just impressed that our town of 20,000ish even has recycling. My wish is that it come 2x a week and trash only once. You can only fit so many plastic milk jugs in a plastic cube. 😉 Ours are kept in the garage which is a slight inconvenience but fortunately in 12 years we’ve had no bugs or rodents from it. Thanks for the links.

  6. I was so excited when our city started letting us mix recyclables too! Currently I am taking “baby green steps” (as mentioned in the other post today) to work on reducing (or maybe eliminating?) my use of plastic bags.