Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waste Wednesday - Sorting is not simple

Recyling materials and waste is not simply in this area that we moved in.  We were very good with recyling items when we lived in San Jose.  But there, it was simple.  Black bin - garbage, Blue bin - paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, styrofoam.  Green Bin - yard waste, grass, leaves.
The first thing we did when we got here was ask our neighbor with regards to their garbage/recycle schedule.  We were told to buy our own garbage bin, recycling blue bins and green bins if we wanted to do it, but not necessary as they would pick up your leaves, branches, weeds, etc. as long as you pile it in one spot in front of your curb.  But it is actually not that simple.  Garbage pick up is every Friday but Recycle Blue bin pick up is only every other Thursday.  I don't even know when they pick up the yard waste.  By the way the glass bottles and jars, foam tray, food container and packaging plus plastic bag and outer bags are to be DROP-OFF ONLY - you have to take it yourself to the Recycling Depot.  OK let's go back to the BLUE BINS - we labelled one PAPER ONLY and the other PLASTIC.  After a month, we thought we got it down pat.  Well, Jeff got a note from the Recycling guys and they did not take some of the stuff that we thought was part of the blue bin plastic,cans, cartons and foil wrap. I mean really, I could go on and on but instead of trying to figure out,
I placed their paper instruction in front of our fridge so I can just check where an item goes in one of those blue bins or garbage.  Oops, I almost forgot, Jeff also started this compost container which holds food scraps, fruits, veggies, etc.  It has a very potent smell each time I open it.  I have to convince him to find another spot instead of our counter near the sink. The one important one is the hazardous waste - my insulin needs - Superstore provides a container for free and once full, you bring it back to them and the provide you with another empty container.  In San Jose, you buy the container every time you need an empty one.  For more information visit

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