We are avid recyclers. We aren’t the best so we are always looking for areas for improvement! Our community offers single stream recycling so it is much easier for residents to participate in local environmental efforts. Any items with recycling codes from 1 – 7 gets the recycling nod.
Kitchen recycling is fairly obvious. Cans, paper towels rolls, newspapers, junk mail, shredded personal information – all are in our minds to recycle.The bathroom can be another story. Once the potential recycles go into the bathroom wastebasket along with used Qtips, dental floss, kleenex, bandaids, and other personal care sundries that can rename nameless, the motivation to dip your hand into the can may significantly lessen. In addition, one might tend to think this is just a bunch of small stuff, but in essence, it’s a whole bag of stuff that would get pounded into a garbage dump and sit and slowly biodegrade over the decades under a new golf course.
It can happen.
Within a week you can have a substantial pile of recyclables if you Recycle as You Go or have a separate recycling center set up in your bathroom. Here’s my list from one week.
1) One toilet tissue roll
2) One empty tissue box
3) An empty shampoo bottle
4) Two medication/prescription bottles (check the recycling code)
5) One empty plastic bag from cotton balls
6) One drycleaning bag
7) A cardboard box from a foundation makeup purchase
8) Several peel strips and plastic coverings from pantiliners (yes, you can recycle these!)
9) One toothpaste box
10) One Tube of Toothpaste
11) A plastic contact solution bottle
12) Empty can of shaving cream
13) Empty tube of foundation makeup
14) A plastic store bag used to line the wastebasket
15) One Bandaid wrapper
But what about disposable razors? Earth911 has an excellent article on the current state of affairs of disposable razor recycling.