I have been looking for ways to help the environment, minimize our impact, and shop for more natural, healthy products.
Many years ago where we lived had curbside recycling. It was awesome and I put out my bin every week. Then we moved to a townhome complex that had no recycling. I know I should have looked for somewhere to bring my recycling but I didn't have a garage or anywhere to store it and I did not have the time. Then we moved to Aurora where all the trash pickup was private and once again recycling was not offered.
Now we are in Maryland and I was beginning to become disgusted with the amount of trash we made each week. We were filling two trash barrels plus an extra bag or two. Yuck! I didn't see anyone putting out recycling in my neighborhood but where I nanny they do so I looked into it. I live on a dead end street with only 6 houses, where no one recycles. Needless to say it took 4 calls to the county and a lot of hassle but we now have weekly recycling pickup.
What a difference recycling has made in our house! We now only put out one barrel of trash per week for a family of 5. Amazing! Our county alternates weeks between bottles and cans and paper, and cardboard. Each week we put out at least 2 big bags of bottles and cans and 1 big box of cardboard.