Something has been eating at me lately. Every time that I go to a sporting event, a school function or an event at work, I am disappointed to see how many water bottles and soda cans end up in the trash can.
I will walk around moving them into the recycle bin and when others see me do this they sometimes start to do it as well, but something has to be done to get more people on board and put items in the proper containers.
One problem is that often the recycle containers are poorly marked and another is that there are just too few recycle bins available.
I know that putting an end to using bottles and cans for soft drinks and water is not going to stop. Although I do see more and more people carrying their reusable and refillable containers, there are just many occasions when it is too convenient to use bottle water, etc…
So at least recycle the containers!
As concerned Green Parents we need to talk to our children, our school officials, our parks and recs employees, office employees, etc… and educate on the importance of recycling.
Busch Systems manufactures the world’s largest, most complete line of recycling bins, recycling containers, waste receptacles, and compost containers. They are a company that is commited to the community and the environment. They engineer their recycling containers to use less natural resources and to ship far more effectively, thereby avoiding large volumes of carbon emissions and all of their products contain recycled content and are 100% recyclable and are proudly made in North America.
Busch Systems recycling systems are specifically manufactured to be clear and easy to use in order to prevent contamination and generate the cleanest possible stream of recyclables. They also assist and support you, the customer, in creating recycling programs in your companies and communities.
One of my favorite things at Busch Systems is their Recycling for Kids program that includes recycle containers complete with signage, guides, posters and activities to engage the kids. They are all supported by the Busch Systems Super Hero Recycling Team.
We must not forget that recycling is not just about bottles and cans. We need to think about composting our waste and recycling other items that may not fall under the typical plastic, glass and aluminum containers.
Our friends at Terra Cycle can help with that.
TerraCycle’s goal is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating national collection and repurposing systems for all hard to recycle waste. TerraCycle’s Brigade® programs directly engage consumers in the collection of these hard to recycle packaging and products. The collected waste is then either upcycled into new products or recycled in to new materials from which innovative products are made.
TerraCycle offers national programs that they call (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. While some programs have a cost, most of their Brigades offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage that you collect.
Starting a Brigade through TerraCycle can raise money for your school or a charity, to find out more click How Terra Cycle Works.
The great thing about TerraCycle is that they are finding uses for previously unrecycled items and they upcycle and recycle the traditionally non-recycable waste (including drink pouches, chip bags, tooth brushes and many more) into a large variety of consumer products. These products keep waste out of our landfills and contribute to a cleaner world. TerraCycle products are available at a wide range of major retailers from Wal*Mart to Target.
TerraCycle has great resources as well. Incentives and contests, points programs, local events, Do-It-Yourself Upcycling Projects and The TerraCycle Curriculum Series.
In nature, there is no such thing as “waste,” but as Americans, we produce tons of it— nearly 220 million tons per year! The TerraCycle Curriculum Series, developed by The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, focuses on how we can solve this problem.
Another way to get involved is to start a composting program for more information on composting at school and getting a program started check out School Compost Program.
So what are you waiting for, you know you want to be part of the change, you’re tired of seeing the waste. Now you can do something about it.
Educate the people around you, talk to others and you will find that you are not alone. Get together and make a difference.
The resources I have mentioned above are a great place to start, if for nothing more than ideas. Don’t be afraid to do additional research, the more information you have the better choices you can make.
Please visit Busch Systems and Terra Cycle and find out how simple it can be to start changing the way we discard our trash. Start recycling programs, Brigades and even composting programs. Maybe by sharing these ideas people will even get the idea to start doing more at home as well as in the schools and the work place.
Together we can make a difference!
About the Author (Author Profile)
Creator/Host of Go Green America TV
Jeff (Jf) Davis aka The Go Green Guy is from Maine
Moved to LA to follow his passion as an actor
these days he is still acting, lives in LA with his wife and two boys
an writes about Green Living for his website Go Green America TV
that will soon be a TV show!!