Monday, June 15, 2015

The Recycling Nuts Always Attack

It seems like only yesterday that I was chided by a co-worker for not washing my water bottle out before tossing it in the recycle bin. I checked out the rules on the top of the bin. 



Somewhere in all those rules it indeed said you're supposed to thoroughly wash your trash before you send it off to recycle.



Yes, recycle-aholics can be super annoying. We're proud of them that they refuse to use #3 plastics because the local recycling people won't accept them. We love that they drive a Smart Car because it's better for the environment. We don't, however, appreciate their disapproving stares as we toss our water bottles in the regular trash.



Recycling is, after all, a lot of work. Ridiculous work. Most workplaces don't provide recycle bins at your desk and you may not even have curbside recycling at your home, requiring you collect your trash and drive it somewhere to do the right thing.



Then there's the occasional Facebook post,reminding you that something you're doing is bad for the environment. Most recently for me was an attack on Keurig coffee makers. They're supposedly bad for the environment.



Perhaps those K-Cups would wrap around the earth 10.5 times. However, there are recyclable K-Cups, including the ones I buy (mostly because I love their crazy flavors!):



In addition, you can buy reusable K-Cup filters, toss the coffee out, and refill them. I told the recycle nuts that on Facebook, but they just wanted to keep shouting at everyone that Keurigs are evil. EVIL, I tell you!




All that shouting just makes me want to brew a cup of peanut butter and jelly coffee, kick back, and scroll to the next comment on my Facebook newsfeed!

Do you recycle? Do you follow all the rules?

58 comments:

  1. Smart cars aren't really all that smart, nor do they really help the environment or save on gas.
    I don't drink coffee. You can drink twice the Keurig coffees for me.
    We don't have recycling at work, but we do separate and rinse the stuff at home. (Yes, I do rinse them out.) Fortunately they take all plastics, one through seven, so I don't even have to look at the number.

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    1. We had curbside recycling where I used to live. This area doesn't even have trash pickup. So I signed up for both private trash and recycling pickup but they only give us a small tub. The kind of tub you store things in. Try squeezing cardboard boxes into that!

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  2. Wait, what? Whadya need to wash the trash for? :) Sadly, we don't really have recycling options here yet.... it's kinda sad since a small country could probably produce its all energy and power just by using trash.....
    But I wouldn't mind washing people who talk trash with soap.. especially their mouth :)

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    1. There's a whole page of instructions about recycling that our trash pickup people gave us that has an explanation. I think if it has food particles or liquids, it sticks to the processing equipment and jams the whole operation up. There's a comedian who has a joke about it. His wife asked him if she watched the trash before throwing it in the recycle bin and he said he hasn't even washed himself today, so he certainly isn't going to wash the trash!

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  3. I live in an apartment so I haven't really recycled but come August it will be madatory. So I'm brushing up on the do's and don'ts... we recycle at work and have our own bins. Thankfully J have a water container so I don't have rinse out a water bottle before throwing it out. Xox

    I think it's important, I wish it was a tiny bit easier... oh well...

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    1. Yeah, in Nashville, they made it mandatory a year ago that cardboard couldn't be put in the trash bin. But you could have jammed it into a trash bag, I guess, if you were really determined! I have reusable tumblers and reusable water bottles that I drink out of all day. "Reduce, reuse, recycle" in that order. We're doing the first one, which is always best!

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  4. Sadley, there is more trash that comes out of people's mouth that can't be picked up by a garbage truck.

    I rinse dirty bottles but don't wash them. Rinsing water bottles is kind of ridiculous.
    I love my Keurig machine and I use a little filter that I wash to save money. I'm not big on assorted flavors and prefer the old standard cup of coffee. I'm blown away by how expensive those little cups are and I refuse to give them anymore of my hard earned money. Around the earth you say.... Wow...

    I don't put dirty recyclable in the bin because I respect the people who work at that job all day long. Can you imagine having to deal with that all day. I flatten my boxes for the same reason and I even remove the tapes and big staples too. My little help
    makes someone else's job a bit less annoying.

    I always love your discussions and the variety of comments you get.
    Enjoy you cup of Crazy coffee.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Haha, I love your first sentence. Too true!!! I tried that reusable coffee filter but someone told me that coffee grounds destroy your pipes...so then I had to stand over the trash can, scraping coffee grounds out every morning. I then became paranoid that even the small amount left that I had to wash out would ruin my pipes (despite being assured repeatedly it won't!). So I buy my Crazy Cups on Amazon.

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  5. We do recycle and try to follow the rules. For the longest time though I didn't realize you couldn't put the plastic bags from the grocery store in the recycle bin, but once I realized that, now I take them back to the store and recycle them that way. I could be better on taking care of the environment, like use reusable bags at the grocery store, but for the most part everything that can be recycled is recycled.

    betty

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    1. Kroger makes their grocery bags recyclable now...#2, which was acceptable where I used to live. However, the rules still say "no grocery bags," so I don't even try it! Our recycle bin is so small, it mostly ends up being filled with cardboard from all the things I buy on Amazon. I can't fit much else in there!

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  6. We got a bin, but I've never heard of washing them. Especially a bottle of water. That doesn't make sense to me.

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    1. I know, right? I got so annoyed, I just started throwing them away. But now I rarely drink out of plastic bottles. I have some of those fancy double-walled bottles that look just like the plastic ones.

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  7. okay I'm so bad at this...we do recycle bottles but we're not religious about it or anything and I always get yelled at by people ...and I feel guilty!

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    1. I think all you can do is your best...and people shouldn't judge. If our recycling wasn't picked up each week, I wouldn't recycle. There's no way I'd go through the hassle of taking it to a recycling center every week. I do pay extra for recycling, though.

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  8. We do recycle, mostly plastic water and beer bottles and no, I don't rinse them out when there was nothing in them to begin with but purified water and alcohol. I do rinse out milk and other sorts of bottles. I never read the instructions that came with the recycle bin...perhaps I should.

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    1. I once saw a recycle bin that said "NO pizza boxes" on it. I've never been able to find that rule again to show people! But someone said it's because pizza boxes always have lots of grease and they jam up the equipment. When I was single, pizza boxes were pretty much all I used my recycle bin for!

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  9. I do recycle, though Montana makes it interesting--no curbside pickup, no glass recycle, all that fun stuff. So I have a giant bag by my door to drag in to work and drop in their bins. Though who knows if that actually goes anywhere that resembles recycling ;)

    Thanks a million for your post last week!!! <3

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    1. No glass here, either...not in the city or out here where I have it privately picked up. I paid to have recycling picked up here, but if the city had provided trash pickup, I wouldn't have paid separately for a private company to do it. It was just a little extra to add it on, so I did. So much easier to get rid of boxes that way!

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  10. lmao wash a water bottle with water? WOW that is sooo...useless lol Why would anyone do something so stupid? They afraid there is backwash in there? Cooties, oh no. I recycle cardboard and I reuse my plastic containers for cat crap. Then toss them in the trash, whoopsy.

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    1. The lid was on and water was in the bottom. Maybe they thought when the equipment crushed it, water would go everywhere? I have this weird thing where I can't drink the last bit of water because someone told me when I was a kid that the last 5 percent or so of any drink is backwash. I've researched it as an adult and found that isn't true...but it still is stuck in my head and I can't get past it!

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  11. I love to recycle. :) I do rinse out cans and juice bottles but I don't get carried away with it. I definitely don't rinse out my water bottles. As soon as I drink the last drop, I toss it in the trash bin in my house for recycling. I do have a bin for curbside, which is new since I am now in a house. Before that I was in an apartment. I had to walk to the dumpster area with separate bags for trash and recycling. I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore.

    Peanut butter and jelly coffee? That sounds awesome! :D

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    1. It doesn't taste at all like peanut butter and jelly...it's a little fruity. Almost like cherry-flavored coffee. I don't think anyone has been able to make peanut butter flavor come out in coffee. Only certain flavors are really compatible with coffee.

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  12. one of the reasons i do not fb. i do recycle plastics and plastic grocery bags. and newspapers/ad inserts. i drive them up to my local high school and grocery store who provide containers. i wish there was a place to recycle glass here.

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  13. I always recycle, and have been passionate about it since I was a preteen. I wish more places would have recycling bins, instead of forcing people to throw plastic cups and such in with the regular trash. I'm very crunchy, though I'm crunchy within reason, not one of those crunchier than thou zealots who even recycles uneaten food into compost or uses cloth toilet paper.

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    1. Yeah, I don't see myself as ever being someone who composts!

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  14. I do my best with the recycling because its a good cause. I don't harass my co-workers, though.

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  15. What the hell do you rinse out a water bottle with? Water? I would tell these pretensions a-holes to "STFU or I'm going to chop down a tree!"

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    1. This would fall under the header of "Things I'll Never Miss About Working in an Office!"

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  16. Like others who have commented here I wouldn't have thought a water bottle needed any washing but then what do I know?

    Bins seem to be a huge bone of contention here in the UK. With one for general, non-recyclable waste, a second for recyclable stuff - some (not all) plastics, paper, tin cans, aerosol cans, batteries, glass and fabrics - and a third for garden waste (some areas have a fourth for food waste) not everyone has the space to store them.

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    1. Wow...that's a lot of bins. Where I live, there's not really a place for garden waste. So you're then left to wonder what to do with it all. Some cities have brush pickup, but you have to pull it out to the street and wait for whatever day it is that they'll come by. I don't think it's offered where I live, so I'm not sure what we're supposed to do with it.

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  17. I'm pretty sick of folks that tell me what and how I should do things. You live your life your way and I'll live mine my way. There is just too many busy bodies up in our business. Get a life would you.

    I feel better now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. You tell 'em! I agree. Everyone needs to just stay out of everyone else's business and worry about their own issues.

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  18. I am probably one of the recycle Nazis and I am not overly sold on the Keurig, but since we have one (which only comes on in the morning for two hours), I have a reusable cup. And I do rinse stuff that has had food in it BUT I have never rinsed out a water bottle!

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    1. We each only drink one cup of coffee a day, and we like completely different kinds of coffee, so that's the most sensible way to do it, since the Keurig makes just one cup.

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  19. Hi Stephanie,

    Oh my, I do my best to recycle. We have a good recycling rate where I live. I am, however, kept awake at night worrying if I cleaned out the jam jar before I recycled it :)

    Shudder to think when I note I've been using recycled toilet paper.

    Tell you what, I shall now recycle your post to all those social "notworking" sites, even "Trasher", or Twitter, or whatever it's called.

    Gary :)

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  20. I know I should recycle, but the only reason I do is because the condo complex I live in has a recycle bin. Yep, lazy. More people would recycle if it was easier to do so, I expect.

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  21. Yup, I know the type that you're talking about. :) I recycle, but I don't always thoroughly clean what I'm recycling because I'm usually in a rush. I make an effort not to throw away something that can be recycled, but sometimes it happens by accident. But I try!

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  22. Washing out a water bottle is insane. I just throw away some things, like peanut butter jars. There's a point where you are wasting so much water to clean something, it defeats the purpose of environmentalism.

    We moved from a city that had weekly curbside recycling of everything, to a city with only 2x a month recycling, and the only plastics they take are #1. Irritating. Why make it so hard for people?

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  23. Fanatical anythings make me tired. None of them can see that the world is very rarely black and white.

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  24. We go through the motions still because, hello, laws!! even though the local laws are well out of date. Our trash stream now includes sorting machines that find nearly 99% of all recyclable material so there's no need for separating recyclables or for having a separate pick-up for those materials. However, since there are long term contracts for separate collection streams they still require you to at least look like you're trying or you'll get fined. So in order to 'save the planet' we're recycling using a second complete set of trucks, sorter, and machinery that are unnecessary and burning nearly twice the diesel to do what a single stream is capable of. Our tax dollars at work for the environment!

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  25. We have single stream recycling and it's been much easier than having to split up the recycables!

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  26. I haven't encountered any recycling nuts. I do my best to recycle. I don't know if I rinse well enough, though. Some of that gunk--like butter and honey--is hard to rinse off. My area doesn't have penalties that I know of. People put cardboard in the regular trash.

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  27. I'm a recycling nut, but I don't foist it on others. The science days I created for my girls' schools this year were about conservation. (3rs, types of pollution, etc.) It opened eyes, but in a fun way. One thing I had both schools do was save me all the plastic lids and caps they had and bring them in.(the colors were amazing) We made mosaics using them. And I still have parents and kids come tell me they look at those caps differently now, which makes me feel good.

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  28. I recycle, but I'm not nuts about it. Wash out my water bottles? Aren't they already rinsed out by the water? =P

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  29. I am Canadian so we are way ahead of the States when it comes to recycling. We have recycling cans in each office along with garbage and we have 3 recycling containers-each home is given these free. If the garbage man breaks them, we can get another for free. One is for paper, one for cans/glass/plastics and the 3rd is compost stuff. To us it is quite normal to clean and rinse out everything and place them in the right areas. I don't know one person where I live who don't recycle. So I guess we are those recycle nuts and proud of it:)

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  30. I'm a rule breaker. I do my best, but if my best isn't good enough, I don't have a problem expressing my derision with a smile and a show of my middle finger.

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  31. I'm not giving up my Keurig.....
    I'd used the recycle bin at work for a couple of years before I found out the contents were just dumped in the trash.

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  32. I do recycle, and I think it's super important, but I agree that it should be made as easy as possible for everyone. Where I live, you don't have to wash out everything or even sort it before you put it in the blue bin, but I do rinse everything so it doesn't smell and attract bugs.

    I'm glad Keurig came up with recyclable options, because before that, it was an awful lot of waste. The amount of trash humans produce is pretty frightening, especially when you get to see it on a beautiful island or in the ocean. :(

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  33. Good point. I do recycle, but I'm just not aware of all the rules. In any case, I've never WASHED my trash before.

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  34. We recycle two things: newspaper and plastic. When a new Earthfare (or is that two words?) market opened, they gave everyone a great plastic recycle bin. Hubzam and I each got one. I guess that is why we recycle two things?

    We do use the refillable Keurig cup and save the disposable ones for company.

    You told me about Crazy Cups before and I need to get on that.

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  35. I think Jim Gaffigan said it best. "I haven't even taken a shower yet. Maybe I should was myself before I start washing the garbage."

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  36. I actually have to use a separate trash bag for my job because they recycle and I have to throw the trash out myself.

    I only recycle when I'm forced to recycle.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  37. I recycle. I follow a rule here or there. I don't understand why anyone would wash a water bottle. A reusable water bottle makes more sense to me.

    Love,
    Janie

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  38. I recycle as much as I can. I rinse out Coke bottles etc, but have never rinsed a water bottle. Apart from that slip, it's quite second nature to me because it was ground into me at a young age, when it was still quite a new thing (my brother was nuts about saving the planet and I followed along). I still remember the camping trip I went on with Scouts. We were rationed one can of Coke at the beginning of the week, which everyone else drank and then threw in the bin. I kept my crushed can in my anorak pocket to be safe for the whole week, so I could take it home and recycle. Of course this attracted much ridicule!

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  39. We have curbside recycling here and I do my best but I admit if I really don't want to wash that soup can out -- it goes in the regular trash! We also have a Keurig but use the refillable cups just because it is cheaper!

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  40. I recycle, but I also don't feel even a little bit bad when I throw something recyclable in the regular trash.

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