Labor Day

This three day weekend was all about work. I finally got a lot of that spring cleaning done that I kept putting off. I also took down the world’s cheapest pool thus marking the end of summer and the beginning of our descent into fall. Around here that means at least three more weeks of 90 degree temperatures.

With all of my work toward eliminating clutter over the past few years, I amaze myself at the visits I continue to make to the help center thrift store (2 visits this past week) and the amount of garbage I am generating out of the attic (3 Glad Force-Flex bags and a huge stack of cardboard are waiting for the trash truck tomorrow).

Being at least slightly environmentally conscious, I wanted to recycle the cardboard that came out of the attic today. So, I drove all over town only to find newspaper recycling, plastic bag recycling, plastic bottle recycling, and magazine recycling. But, guess what? No cardboard recycling.


This is something I have noticed – you can recycle but figuring out where to take what is not exactly easy. Did you know that Radio Shack will take any type of rechargeable battery and recycle it (supposedly – I’ll test this later this week)? Read about it here. Best Buy will recycle your dead TV for $10 but they give you a $10 gift card right back. The landfill here will recycle TV’s and microwaves for free but no computers. Best Buy will recycle your computer if you pull the hard drive yourself (or pay them $10 to pull it).

I found all this out by looking a bit on the internet and yes, just about everyone has the internet now. But, how many people will take the time to look around different sites to see who will take what and then drag the stuff out to those places?  Imagine how many people (like me) that have old electronics piled up in the garage or the shed because they don’t know what to do with them. Or, worse than that, they sneak stuff in the trash (or some random business dumpster). Finding a place that takes those little gizmos that eventually die on us is frustrating and the “powers that be” will need to make recycling a lot more accessible before it will take off.

Driving all over town unable to find a place to recycle cardboard (without sneaking it into a ‘cardboard only’ dumpster at a random business) in 2010 is just about ridiculous.

If you’re going to truly fight the clutter at your house (and business), you’re eventually going to get down to the items you have to recycle such as that VCR you bought in 1988 and that Compaq laptop that was pretty cool in ‘96 but is now nothing more than a paperweight. And, just because Al Gore wants us to recycle does not mean you are supporting Al Gore by recycling. You want that crap out of your house and you don’t need to throw it in the woods in the off chance that Big Brother will hunt you down by comparing the serial number of your 1996 Compaq Armada to the registration card you stupidly sent in to Compaq all those years ago.

Handy-dandy recycling links: