This week I’ve been thinking about recycling… I am of the mindset that the world is a better place for recycling. Reduce, reuse and recycle, right? So I try my best to recycle! But recycling isn’t always cut and dry. I’ve done some quick research, and surprised myself by what I found:
- Stickers and the paper they are printed on are not recyclable (source).
- Aluminium Foil is recyclable, but not always accepted (source) (it’s not accepted in Delaware).
- Paper Receipts are usually not recyclable and can actually be harmful! (source).
- Leave your caps on plastic bottles (source), or maybe you should take them off (source)…
- How clean? Consider running your recycling through the dishwasher (source), or just rinse them (source). Better yet, read more about the pros and cons here.
- Removing labels from metal cans is not needed (source)… but it is good to do (source).
- No need to take staples out of paper before recycling (source).
But this isn’t a blog about recycling. It’s about living a life of deep and devoted beliefs. The illustration of recycling is that it isn’t always easy to know how to live out our values. Sometimes we don’t know how to make the best choices. Sometimes our choices are misinformed and we unknowingly make a “bad” decision. I have been wrongly putting paper receipts into our recycling bin!
The important part is that we do our best to live our values. And when we hear new information or insight, we are open to changing our habits - and possibly even changing our values.
Let us all go forth into the world, living our faith and beliefs. And when we are not 100% sure of ourselves, still striving to do the best we are able.
As a Post Script: Here are some great resources for recycling information. For the most accurate information on what you can or cannot recycle, contact the city/company which handles your waste!
- Earth 911