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The Water Cooler – Do You Recycle, Or Do You Just Throw It All Away?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:


QUESTION: Do you recycle, or do you just throw everything in the garbage?

Talk about it….


Dawg October 3, 2023 - 12:09 PM - 12:09 PM

Only aluminum cans. I crush them by stepping on them, and in about a year I’ll have a couple of 33 gallon garbage bags full. I take them to the recycling center once a year and get a few bucks for my trouble. Other than that, everything else gets tossed into the trash, and let the garbage company sort it out.

The Wizard October 3, 2023 - 4:12 PM - 4:12 PM

I do the same, two bags of crushed cans = some good Bourbon. I’m getting close to my second bag and then I head off to Total Wine.

Exit 12A October 3, 2023 - 12:13 PM - 12:13 PM

Recycling makes common sense.

Check it out October 3, 2023 - 3:11 PM - 3:11 PM

“Don’t be wasteful of resources” is exactly the point. Recycling anything except glass takes more resources than manufacturing new. So we recycle glass, everything else into the garbage.

Dorothy October 3, 2023 - 12:13 PM - 12:13 PM

I recycle whatever I can that has CRV. A lot of stuff still ends up in trash can. I know the recycle can picker that come before trash pick up take whatever they they can sell and I don’t mind that. As long as they don’t toss anything outside the can.

Roz October 3, 2023 - 12:44 PM - 12:44 PM

For the most part we recycle.
Plus, we only put recycle tote out once a month.
Since we don’t do online shopping, we don’t generate much.
Also, if I’m taking thing to the thrift stores, … bring boxes, paper/plastic bags for them to use.
Some boxes /newspaper/bubble wrap stays home for sending packages to be mailed.
For the green waste, some veggie scrapes, or to neighbor’s chickens.

Concord donut October 3, 2023 - 1:02 PM - 1:02 PM

Its all garbage! I dont recycle.

Exit 12A October 3, 2023 - 6:05 PM - 6:05 PM

Then you’re ignorant.

Hanne Jeppesen October 3, 2023 - 1:57 PM - 1:57 PM

I recycle. I bring my own bags to most stores, if I buy a small item or just a few, I just put them in my handbag or carry them out to the car without a bag. All that plastic is so bad for the environment. In terms of my garbage I would say I recycle about 95 percent of the time.

Captain Bebops October 3, 2023 - 1:59 PM - 1:59 PM

I recycle but sometimes I feel like throwing it all away. Apply AI to it at the centers and sort it out.

domo October 3, 2023 - 2:25 PM - 2:25 PM

I try to – but when I see businesses and just about everybody mix the trash, I give it a half hearted attempt, use to be diligent. A month or so I got a flyer that contradicted just about everything I’d been doing… do they know what they’re doing?

miguel October 3, 2023 - 2:41 PM - 2:41 PM

Trying to get the climate change deniers to snitch on themselves, eh? Just kidding. I recycle what I can, though I see of ton of non recyclable stuff in the bin at my complex.

Old Otis October 3, 2023 - 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

I take the CRV stuff to the recycle place to get some of the money I paid.
It’s not the money…’s the point.
The rest in the trash. They are too picky. Take labels off….wash them out.
Jump up and down and scream like a chicken!

PESFG October 3, 2023 - 7:01 PM - 7:01 PM

@Old Otis
Yeah, I don’t get why they get so picky. I don’t understand why they don’t allow milk bottles to be recycled even though they are clear plastic bottles. They won’t take them even if they are washed clean.
There are so many more recyclable items that they could take but won’t.
I get the main difference is companies CHARGING customers for recycling as opposed to PAYING out to those who recycle.
It is also my understanding that Goodwill donations are no longer tax deductible.

Legal Eagle October 4, 2023 - 11:46 AM - 11:46 AM

Donations are still tax deductible if you itemize.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 3, 2023 - 3:15 PM - 3:15 PM

When the recycle bin is full the rest goes in the trash can.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 3, 2023 - 7:34 PM - 7:34 PM

4 out of 6 people do the same thing!

The Fearless Spectator October 3, 2023 - 5:51 PM - 5:51 PM

The Republic Services recycling guidelines request that recyclable items be empty, cleaned, and dried. Perhaps there is cost benefit analysis available to ascertain the value after additional water usage for proper preparation.

Ted October 3, 2023 - 5:52 PM - 5:52 PM

The state steals our money upfront so I recycle everything by getting my $ back, even though I don’t need the $. I mostly use it for my granddaughter or donations. I’d still recycle if there was no CRV but no way am I letting a state agency hold onto my $ any longer than necessary.

this_that October 3, 2023 - 6:44 PM - 6:44 PM

Perhaps more re-use. The glass jars for sauces make great drinking cups. Thinking of what to do with all the large collection of masks and TP collected during the last three years. Any ideas?

Captain Bebops October 4, 2023 - 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM

That builds up clutter. Soon you will need a storage shed. 🤣

Oh, please October 3, 2023 - 8:56 PM - 8:56 PM

They don’t actually separate the recycling for the garbage. Sure, I put it in different cans, but it all goes to the same place.

El D October 4, 2023 - 12:48 AM - 12:48 AM

We do most of the time. Sometimes I’m not going to bother cleaning out a can or bottle, so it goes in the trash. Hit or miss on getting food scraps into the green can. I can’t see putting meat into the green bin when it’s 90 degrees out and garbage pickup isn’t for five more days. It goes into the kitchen trash can, then into the regular garbage, safely ensconced in a plastic bag. They need a better system for dealing with food scraps. Just dumping them into the green bin where it attracts ants and gnats and stinks up the side yard is not the way to go

DOH October 4, 2023 - 10:03 AM - 10:03 AM

I use my garbage disposal.

Rich October 4, 2023 - 8:12 AM - 8:12 AM

I refill my beer growler at the brewery. No cans or bottles involved

DOH October 4, 2023 - 10:04 AM - 10:04 AM

I rinse and recycle all I can. It’s a step in the right direction.


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