Sunday, July 7, 2013

Florida vs. Michigan (Recycling, not Sports)


Florida vs. Michigan 
(for recycling, not sports ;) )


When we lived in Florida, recycling was a breeze. We had two plastic rectangle bins that always sat outside and when you had something to recycle (plastic, cans, paper) you rinsed them, if appropriate and threw them in the right bins. Then once a week a big truck would come by and empty your containers for you.


In Michigan, it's totally different, I guess in large part because it's cold outside (and in the winter snowing) a good part of the year.  Here, you take your paper recyclables to an empty semi-truck, and someone presumably takes it to recycle when it's full. Glass, plastic, and aluminum drinking containers cost you 10¢ extra on the spot (up to 2-liter size) which you then at some point are to return to the store for a refund.  


If you're like me, you hate driving into town to recycle, so you let the containers accumulate until it's worth the trip (usually pre-grocery shopping since you're going to be in town then anyway). Adding insult to injury, you will always get signs on the return machines that say things like, "Store does not accept this brand," (even though you're returning it at the store you bought it from), or "Cannot read bar code."

Returning the stuff is yukky too. No matter how thoroughly you've rinsed the containers, there will inevitaby still be something sticky or unpleasant in the bags you've transported the containers in.


I don't like the process, but I'm glad there's a way to recycle, so we actively and gladly (if that makes sense) participate.  Hopefully someday though, they'll find a better way.

64 comments:

Manzanita said...

Rosey
I agree. Recycling was a lot easier when I, too, lived in Florida. Now we drive to big bins where we deposit glass, paper and cardboard. My goal is to simplify my life so much that I have nothing to recycle. LOL

Janine Huldie said...

Oh that sounds truly like such a process. We have a recycling pail and we just have to put our daily recycling in there and then once a week the town recycling truck picks it up. But if I had to bring it somewhere would probably do what you do and only bring when I had enough, because that would truly be too much to have to deal with when you only have a few small pieces here and there.

Brian Miller said...

we live a couple miles from the dump so we take ours over and sort it by the bins, keep the recycles in a box on the back porch...luckily for us they will take just about anything...

mary_smith said...

When I lived in California we brought all of our recycle stuff to one place and we redeemed for $. It was fun as a kid but tiring as an adult.

Now I'm in Florida and it really is a breeze! Even better...We get FREE stuff. Anyone can sign up at Recyclebank and earn points for free stuff and coupons.
LOVE it!

Sandee said...

Often much of what we work at to recycle turns out it ends up in the same place as the garbage. Many places don't have the equipment necessary to recycle properly. I live in California.

Have a terrific day. ☺

alissa apel said...

Nebraska has some recycling, but not glass.

I'm just waiting for the day that the government mandates businesses to recycle. Then if they don't they will get a penalty. It just seems like something our government would do.

It does annoy me that my work does not recycle at all. The paper we go through is crazy!

Katherines Corner said...

we recycle but do not have curbside pickup.( sad face) so I make a trio once a week. xo

Katherines Corner said...

trip not trio LOL

Pat Hatt said...

Way that is a pain in the rump. We just stick it in bins, along comes the truck and poof gone, even in winter. We have the cashback for the bottles too, but i can't be bothered and chuck them in the recycle bin too.

Kristi Maloney said...

Everything that Pat said. Plus, we can throw plastic, metal and paper all in the same bin. That would be a pain the rump for sure if I had to deliver our recyclables. :)

Z said...

I realize that what you did in Florida was easier, simple. I think you are truly a good citizen with doing all that you do.
A q--do you miss Fl?

Raising Reagan said...

The title of this post cracked me up... Fortunately I have lived in two states, PA and CA and both are recycling crazies. We have recycling cans and it gets picked up every week {every other week in CA}. In PA though ...we got points for the recycling and we got to turn them in for movie passes and gift cards and such. PA is awesome!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

¤´¨)
¸.•*´
(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
Raising-Reagan.com

mail4rosey said...

We have and go through so much STUFF over here, some of which is just so unnecessary. Simple could definitely be better!!

mail4rosey said...

You have a simple, super nice recycling process, that's what I miss. :)

mail4rosey said...

You are lucky they take most anything. Excellent poem today over at your blog! http://www.waystationone.com/2013/07/daynightday.html

mail4rosey said...

Rub it in!!! :) And nice that there's a Recyclebank too. I like it. :)

mail4rosey said...

Sorry to hear it. Seems like it would be the opposite in a big place like Cali., doesn't it?

Happy rest of the weekend to you!

mail4rosey said...

I worked in higher ed. too, and you're right, a LOT of paper was wasted, even w/the recycling bins all around.

mail4rosey said...

Curbside pickup rocks. You sound happier about your trips that I do. :)

Loved your family pic. today!! Glad Izzy was in it. :)

mail4rosey said...

Lucky! That's just the system I miss, it's super convenient and easy, and I liked it.

mail4rosey said...

That would be nice just to chuck it all in one container. Not sure I'd want to work in that recycling facility though. :)

mail4rosey said...

I used to miss it every single day. I'm getting better now and starting to think of this state as home.

mail4rosey said...

You can always tell the sports lovers. :)

Glad to hear you've got a rocking recycling thing going on in PA.

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

Thanks for the enlightening post and calling attention to the kinds of important things most of us are oblivious to!

I know a lot of people like to talk about "states rights" and all that jazz - but as a UNITED STATES - I think each state can be a "lab" for testing GOOD ideas and solutions - and when they are found - like the easy and quality recycling policies and priorites - they SHOULD be adopted by ALL states - because after all we are one nation...

When it comes to the environment (and I would add VOTING RIGHTS) they should be standardized for all states - and NOT to the LOWEST Common Denominator - but to the highest - or at least striving towards that. Thanks!


Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
Jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Wow, that is a pain in the butt. My parents town just started composting when you bring things to the garbage dump. It's kinda cool all the things you can compost and how much less trash my parents have.

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
Leslie
www.violetimperfection.com

MichelleS said...

Meh. When I lived in WI they just came by to pick up stuff if you paid for the service; when we moved to Cali they did the same thing, however, since CA charges "CRV" on drinks (expect milk) (the socialist way to charge people to recycle stuff) I made it a point to recycle my bottles/cans to recoup the money. It gets yucky when they're sitting in the bag for a while, but it's lucrative.

Joyce Lansky said...

Thanks for the interesting update. My daughter is moving to Michigan in a few weeks, so I shared this with her.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

We live right on the Michigan/Indiana line. I have always thought Michigan recycling sucked and have thanked my lucky stars we don't recycle the way you guys have to. It seems laborsome to have to cart all the recyclables somewhere else to have them taken care of. And paying that extra deposit is irritating too. I love what we do. We have huge trash bins that our center gave us. We fill it with all the recyclables (no separating necessary!) then twice a month they swing by and pick it up. Easy Peasy!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

We have the bins too one for recycling, one for green waste and then everything else, I don't know if I would keep up with it if I had to take it somewhere

Masshole Mommy said...

It is important to recycle, but I get why a lot of people don't do it when they have to jump through hoops to do so. Here, we can return MOST soda cans/bottles for a 5 cent deposit, but we have to go to a redemption center to do it. The recycling gets picked up at our house by-weekly and they will take cans/bottles, but you won't get your 5 cent deposit back that way.

John DeBellis said...

NY doesn't even know what that word means

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Easy to do here

~ Noelle said...

i would be so mad if they didnt take it back where i bought it... and that is crazy that you have to pay up front for it...

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I must admit that it forced me to recycle because of the deposits, but I saved them up for so long before I could bring myself to return them to the store. It's not an enjoyable process!

Julie Maloney said...

It's so weird here in SC. We don't get money for bottle returns, it just goes in the one recycle bin they supple with our garbage cans, everything is supposed to go in there regardless. There's no separation and ours is always overflowing. Crazy Southerners!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Recycling is so important these days Rosey! I am amazed how many plastic bottles we accumulate in a short time!:) Enjoy the rest of your day.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

It does seem like there should be a better way to do it! We actually take our recycling to David's grandpa's house and he puts it in with his since he doesn't have enough to fill up his bin. Then we take our glass to a special place to recycle. It can be a hassle, but it's important!

Veronica Lee said...

The condo where we live in has a garbage room on every floor where the cleaners collect our trash daily. They would go through the garbage to salvage whatever they can (cans, paper,plastic etc) and sell them to recycling centers. It kinda benefits both parties - the cleaners get to keep the money and we are spared the hassle.

Henrietta said...

There are 2 dumpsters in a parking lot in our town, one for paper products and one for plastic/cans/etc. We need to find a better way to store our recyclables until we take them to town though, i hate having the stuff pile up!

Courtney G said...

They have an extra day and bin here, but I don't think they recycle them actually. I see them getting tossed into the regular dump, just in piles, and I don't know where the recycling facility actually is. I think it's just placating a bunch of people, having that bin and extra day, but that truck driving around for it doesn't make mush sense. Maybe I'm wrong.

Tina said...

I live in Malaysia where recycling is a complete non-concept. So even though your process sounds like a pain, I really resonated with this line, "I don't like the process, but I'm glad there's a way to recycle, so we actively and gladly (if that makes sense) participate. Hopefully someday though, they'll find a better way." Makes sense to me!

Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection this week while I'm a co-hostess! Please come back to Mommynificent on Friday to see if you were featured.

Have a magnificent day!
Tina

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for the visit to the blog. :)

mail4rosey said...

That is a cool concept, I wonder how the people there will long it long-term?

mail4rosey said...

We had to pay too, in FL., but I didn't mind. The convenience made it well worth it and the charge was minimal.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Yeah I don't think I'd like to have to drive my recycling anywhere. I do have to make sure everything is throughly clean though which is a pain in itself. Our bin sits in the garage for a week. It wouldn't take a whole week for an ant invasion on a peanut butter jar so I'm very careful. I guess in the case I wouldn't rather drive it somewhere else.

mail4rosey said...

I recommend visiting her in the spring, fall, or summer months only. :)

mail4rosey said...

We crossed the Indiana/Michigan line yesterday and I thought of you! :)

mail4rosey said...

It's a habit to do it, but I don't necessarily enjoy it. ;)

mail4rosey said...

If you have to pay for pick up too, I'd prolly tote the cans in. If you don't, I'd skip the $. Lazy, but true. :)

mail4rosey said...

Such a big place too, I'm surprised to hear it!

mail4rosey said...

Lucky!

mail4rosey said...

It can be an annoying process, for sure.

mail4rosey said...

I don't like the stinky rooms, even when they keep up with them (like Meijers' new rooms) they're still stinky.

mail4rosey said...

That makes it easy on you guys, hard on the sorters. ;)

mail4rosey said...

The amount of waste is so huge. It's amazing really if you think about it.

mail4rosey said...

I think it's important too, and we'll continue to do it, hassle or not. ;)

mail4rosey said...

That is a nice setup!

mail4rosey said...

Seems like with it being so prevalent, someone will find a way. Crossing my fingers for you and me that it's soon. :)

mail4rosey said...

That is atrocious.

mail4rosey said...

I see your point totally, and hurrah that the recycling is starting!

mail4rosey said...

I remember washing stuff too before throwing it in the bin because it's hot in Florida so like you noted, bugs take note when they smell something yummy. I rinse here. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

We recycle everything in our little town in Pennsylvania. I should rinse things but don't always.

mail4rosey said...

Seems like everything we drink is sticky so we rinse. Too bad water bottles are able to be recycled, we always have a ton of those (because we have well water).

Kelly R said...

We recycle everything. Before I put the bottles or cans in the bins I rinse them out.