This sort of thing really really frustrates me. Lovebug and I were enjoying ourselves on a walk Friday, which is also trash/recycling day around here, and we ran across such wastefulness that I had to take shots of it.
Can you believe this?
I wanted to walk up to these houses and say - WHY do you have so much trash??? WHY aren't you recycling (more or at all)???? WHY aren't you giving away things to charities??? WHY are you being so wasteful???? SO much of the above could be recycled, especially ALL those boxes!!! SO much could be composted and used in their garden/yard! And SO much could be given away to a charity for someone in need!!!
People are just so very wasteful though and don't seem to care, although to be fair, I'm sure some people are just uninformed or ignorant to their choices. We have a friend who used to live up North and he said they were charged for every trash bag they had, but recycling was free, so this motivated people to have as little trash as possible. Isn't that wonderful???!! Is that true for where you live? Gosh I wish that was in effect here, but I've never heard of that anywhere around us. It really makes me want to get involved somehow in my area to help things like that happen!
I would say that the vast majority of people around us don't even recycle and these pictures are really not unusual, which is so sad. What's crazy is that the recycling containers are free from our city (some cities you have to pay I've heard) and you can go to the city and get as MANY as you want (we have 4!) and recycling is SO easy - I mean REALLY, how much extra effort does it take? Plus, we're very fortunate that our area recycles pretty much everything and there's very little that they don't accept, so it's hard for me to undertand why everyone doesn't do it.
There are even local charities that leave notes on our door saying they need this and that and tell us what day to leave the stuff on our porch, and then THEY come and pick it up...SO easy!! But people constantly throw things out that could be used by someone else in need! How you ever been to a landfill? GO!!! It will really open up your eyes to the ridiculous levels of wastefulness in our country!
We reuse, compost, and recycle everything as much as possible, give away to local charities everything that we think could possibly be re-used or enjoyed by someone else, and then what's leftover is SO minute that we don't even put trash out every week. It's normally every other week and then only 1/2 a trash bag full with a couple of recycling containers. BUT most of the people around us put out trash TWICE a week and have at least a couple of bags every time and mostly no recycling. Arrrgghhhh!!
Of course, what is really important is precycling and only buying what you truly need or want and not overbuying! That's where it all starts...People just accumulate way too much stuff and don't put alot of thought into their purchases. Anyway, I wanted to share and see if this was the norm where you live (gosh, I hope not!). I'm thinking I might do a couple posts on recycling (and composting) in the upcoming weeks to share some different things we've learned over the years.
Hope everyone had a great weekend (we did!) and try to have a beautiful (not wasteful:) Monday!