In the last remaining days before school starts, I’m trying to get caught up on some chores around the house. I know from past experience that once school starts it doesn’t take long to fall behind in housework, so now’s the time to get as much done as possible. One of my tasks this weekend was to get rid of that pile of cans and bottles under the sink, and it certainly paid off!
People are increasingly environmentally-conscious today, but day to day happenings often force such matters to the backs of our minds. Environmentalism may be a passion of yours, but if you’re like me you may be motivated by other incentives. Money is one such incentive that is immediate and close to home for most people. For example, I’m not always thinking about our depleting water reserves, but I may have to see the utility bill once a month; my desire to keep costs low leads me to conserve water. Recycling deposits work similarly – I got over $30 this time and over $60 the time before that! That’s a decent dinner and/or movie date! So, save the earth and save your wallet at the same time.
Maybe you’re just moving into your new place before school starts, so this is something that you can establish now if you haven’t before. As soon as you can, find a nice spot out of the way for all your empties. It helps to have separate bags for each kind so that you can sort them as you go rather than making a big deal of it later, or making the bottle depot workers do it (takes so much longer that way, and they won’t thank you for it).
I’m always baffled when people throw their empty cans away in the garbage. I don’t understand why anyone would want to when the simple act of saving them for the depot can result in extra cash. Or, if you’re on campus, your recyclables can go in one of the many accessible bins, and the proceeds will go toward student scholarships. It’s easy, so recycle!