Ugh I would kill for curbside anything. We have to physically drive to the transfer station and separate our recycles there. First World Problem.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Not sure what it is like now, but when I lived in Calgary they were considering the curbside recycling and there was a ton of stuff on the news about what really happens to the stuff you 'recycle'. It disgusted me, and now I dont recycle nearly as much as I probably could. I do cardboard, and sometimes cans, though I am more likely to put those on the front porch and post on facebook that someone can come and take them away. What I do however, is try to buy with less packaging. Like, if all things are equal, I will go with the product with less packaging, and I buy second hand whenever i can. Honestly though, it is something I need to look into in more depth and make a more educated decision about it, instead of just going with half remembered articles in the news.
On topic, I use plastic bags often, though I have a ton of reusables that get used for everything except grocery shopping. One of our grocery stores has awesome strong plastic bags that you pay $.05 a bag for, so I always get them when I shop there. They come in very handy. Other than that I tend to just forget my reusables all the time, but often use the available boxes instead. So I guess I do a variety of different things when it comes to getting my groceries home
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Yep-- what Melis said.
Where are these non-recycling places? Why does the public in those areas accept this as an option? If you live in that area, why not start your own curbside recycling pick-up company? Seriously.
I've had our bags for years and years. And I just pop them in the wash weekly and line dry them with my other items.
Not sure I'm all for an all-out ban, as we all get in a pinch at times and can see needing an alternative in a pinch, but I'm all for incenting behavior.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
I have reusables that I use most of the time for groceries. I never remember them for other stores though. Where we used to live most stores charged 5 cents and I remembered then! Where we are moving now has recycling and organic (weekly) pick up with garbage (every 2 weeks) in clear bags so I'm interested to find out how that works.
I wash my bags every 1-2 months. I find they do wear out after 2-5 years. I usually get new ones through various promotions.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
In Calgary they voted it out. It is a really expensive program that people werent willing to pay for. My parents have curbside recycling and compost pick up. They HATE the compost pickup and are really up in arms about it. They dont use it cause they have their own compost, but, all the compost picked up goes to a common 'compost' for the whole city. Tax payers pay for this 'service'. But then if you want to get some of this awesome composted soil....you have to buy it. Makes them crazy to be charged twice for something they do in their own back yard. Our city just offered composters and rain barrels at a super cheap price last summer, like $20 each. They bought a ton of them at a discounted rate, and then offered them to everyone. I much prefer that as a cost saving way to encourage composting.
BTW, my parents only get one garbage can every two weeks, and they will refuse to take it if there are recyclables or compostables in it.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
We've had a plastic bag ban for over a year, I think. If you don't have a reusable bag, you can buy a paper bag, usually for about $0.10 each. Overall I'm pretty happy with it because the plastic bags are so flimsy you'd see people using two dozen of them just to get their groceries home, kwim? My only complaint is when it's raining, if you forget your reusable bag, the only option is paper which is going to get wet and break. I now keep a bunch of reusable bags rolled up in a rubber band in the trunk of my car, it's not inconvenient at all.
Funny thing, though, we also have plastic bag recycling, and all of the big grocery stores have had those bins for years. When the plastic bag ban was proposed, I thought, we don't need a ban because we have this plastic bag recycling. But now those plastic bag recycling bins are always full to the brim not from the plastic grocery bags but because people now realize how much other soft plastic film they can recycle -- bags from bread & produce, cling wrap, bubble wrap, etc. It's amazing!
We have curbside composting and I love it. We do our own backyard composting, too, but the curbside program can take a lot more things than we can process at home -- greasy pizza boxes, compostable plastics, empty ice cream & take-out food containers, things that would take forever to break down or that would throw our backyard bin out of balance go into the green cart and we still have plenty of compost for ourselves. The curbside program's composting facility distributes the compost it makes to local farms that sell organic produce to restaurants and in markets in the city, so it's kind of a closed-loop system. They also have a big compost giveaway day once in a while; you bring your own 5-gallon bucket to fill up for free.
Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot!
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
As a totally unrelated aside when I used to live in Seattle I lived right next door to the Zoo. They used to sell "Zoo doo" , you know, animal poop, and it was AWESOME for our garden It was wild picking up elephant dung and whatnot for our garden! Our compost makes our garden so much nicer, we don't have to use any chemicals and I love it, but I'd love a program like the one you describe!
We went on holidays in January and the state we went to has a plastic bag ban, we forgot and bought a reuseable bag from the store. My BIL who lives there has a whole cupboard full of reuseable bags because he always forgets to take his. I reuse the plastic bags from groceries as bin liners. I used to have reuseable bags but they fell apart and I just never replaced them.
We also don't have curbside recycling, our council has previously stated the program is too expensive as the nearest recycling processing plant is an hour and a half away and they would need to take everything up there. You can self recycle but very few people here know that and even less know where the drop off point is.