You’ve heard this before right? Reduce Reuse Recycle?
Growing up in Ontario, I was always taught these three R’s. It was big in my school board, my teachers were always telling us to reduce waste first, than reuse what we could, and what was left should be recycled. We had recycle bins in our class rooms, I was part of the recycling program, crafts were even done out of reusing things, not pre-made craft kits. It is a very simple idea, that has been around for a long time. It seems like people have forgotten it, or worse, never knew about it.
I know there are parts of Canada, and even more parts in the US, where recycling programs don’t exists. Heck, I had to get a proper recycling and compost program set up in my former office just 2 years ago! Our town recycles everything, and we compost even more. Our family has two very large blue bins that hit the curb every Friday, along with a large green bin filled with food scraps. Our household garbage is only collected every other week, and the number of bags is limited (this forces you to recycle and compost everything). And as great as my town is doing, there are other cities in this province that have even better programs. How can it be that this isn’t standard in other areas?
If you want to save money, and save the planet, reduce in every way you possibly can, than reuse what you couldn’t reduce, and lastly, what you couldn’t reuse should be recycled!
Are you given the opportunity to recycle/compost in your area? If so, do you? Or at the very least, do you reduce and reuse when you can?