Recycling. While an obvious choice, this is an area that many people neglect in their every day lives. Most cities now have a recycling program that allow us to place our recyclables at the curb to be picked up just like our trash. The trick is to DO IT! And to pay enough attention to what is being put into the recycling bins. Many times what we think is recyclable, isn’t. For example, most programs only take plastics with the 1, 2, or 3 symbol on them. Contact your local waste management provider to find out what is recyclable and what is not. This helps keep costs down and provides a more streamlined system. It is also advisable to rinse and remove labels when possible.
Another way we can cut down on our non-recyclable waste is to pay attention to what we purchase. Look for those items with as little packaging as possible, then look for those items that are packaged in recyclable materials.
When you head out on the boat or to the beach, carry with you a bag for trash and a bag for recyclables. Follow the backpackers golden rule, “pack it in, pack it out”. Most marinas, beaches and parks do not have recycling receptacles. Take it home and recycle. If your town or marina does not have a recycling program in place, make a phone call and find out what you can do to get one started.
You can make a difference. We can make a difference.