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.

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  1. 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

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

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  2. 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.

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

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  3. 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...

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

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  4. 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!

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

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  5. 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. ☺

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    1. 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!

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  6. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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.

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

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  9. 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. :)

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

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  10. 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?

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

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  11. 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!

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    1. You can always tell the sports lovers. :)

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

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  12. 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!


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    1. Thanks for the visit to the blog. :)

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  13. 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.

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

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  14. 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.

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

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  15. 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

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

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  16. 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!

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

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  17. 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

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

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  18. 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.

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    1. 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. :)

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  19. NY doesn't even know what that word means

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

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  20. 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...

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    1. It can be an annoying process, for sure.

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  21. 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!

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

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  22. 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!

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

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  23. 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.

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

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  24. 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!

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

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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!

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

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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!

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

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  29. 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.

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    1. 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. :)

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

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    1. 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).

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

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