By H Hope
Living in an apartment makes it tough for people to recycle on a regular basis. Apartments are small and few complexes offer a regular recycling pick up service. So what can be done to make things easier for apartment dwellers to recycle?
These days it is important that everyone do their part to take care of the planet and especially to clean up after ourselves. It can be difficult to combine living in an apartment and trying to be dedicated recyclers.
I’ve had some friends, apartment dwellers, who tried actively recycling everything from cardboard and cans to glass and plastic. It usually leads to a couple of problems.
- There just is not enough room in the apartment to hold recyclables until they can make the trip to the recycling center.
- Their recyclables tend to be messy and stinky, even when they rinse them out.
The most committed apartment dwelling recycler eventually cuts back on their recycling or gives up entirely in the face of these problems.
Homeowners have it easier
Homeowners really do have an easier time recycling than apartment dwellers do. Most areas have a recycling program that homeowners can sign up for curbside recycling pick up. Homeowners also have more space for storing recyclables.
A homeowner usually has a garage or a back porch or even a small shed on their property. This is an easy place to put recycling materials and it even provides more space for organization.
What can be done?
It is a fact that more people live in apartments than live in homes across the country. If we are to effectively gain control of the runaway problems involving trash we have to find a way to help apartment dwellers recycle conveniently.
Some towns are already coming up with solutions. Bowling Green, Ohio has its very own recycling center in town. The small town of about 20,000 residents offers free recycling for anyone who feels like driving a mile to the center. Since the town is small, the center is close enough to most residents to be convenient.
The center recycles:
• cardboard, • plastic bottles, • glass, • aluminum cans, • tin cans, • newspapers, • glossy paper and it even • collects old books to be sent to developing nations.
Recycling centers in larger towns are a good idea and most cities have at least one recycler. However, they can be far and few between each other. More recycling centers near residential areas and apartment complexes can help a great deal.
Another possibility is creating some form of recycling program at apartment complexes themselves. Landlords can get involved in the solution by approaching recycling centers and local waste management companies about having a mini recycling center on their property.
Some charities place recycling dumpsters in public places for collecting newspaper and cardboard. It would be a natural move for property managers to approach one of these charities for a mutually beneficial arrangement. Plus, these apartment complexes would be able to advertise their offer of free recycling to prospective tenants.
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