Well, today is blog action day. A whole bunch of blogs all around the world are all writing about the environment today. For the past couple of months I’ve been thinking about what I would write today. One thing that I realized is that in the county in New York where I grew up, we had a recycling program. The county gave everyone a red bin to put out to the curb on a designated day, and they would come by and collect the recyclable materials that you had put out. This was such a great and easy way to help the environment by not throwing out newspaper, milk jugs, cardboard, tin cans, and tons of other things. Why doesn’t my town have a recycling program where I am now? I made it a mission to find out information about recycling here in Provo, and what I could do to help reduce my trash.
It turns out that there is a recycling program here. There is even a designated day that they will come by and pick things up. The bin however costs $5 per month added to the utility bill. Well I’m currently a poor college student, and although $5 a month isn’t bad for the bin, it does add up. To top it off, we don’t really have a great place to put the bin in our apartment. So what are my other options. Well the city has posted a list of places that you can drop off assorted “wastes” to recycle them. The table can be found here. There is also a FAQ, and other information about the program that is available on the page.
I don’t have a lot of those things that I need to get rid of. Besides the fact that I don’t want to wander around town dropping off each item at a different place. The solution is found on that page however. It reads:
Provo now has another option for those who would like to recycle but prefer not to have the curbside recycling container at your house. You can now take plastics #1 & #2, cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, phone books, aluminum and tin cans, etc. to the drop-off bin located at the compost station,
1625 South Industrial Parkway.
Compost station hours are: Spring/Summer/Fall, Monday – Friday 8 am – 6 pm, and Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm Winter: Monday – Thursday 8 am – 6 pm
The important part of this is that it says in fine print under that paragraph:
There is no charge to drop items off at this bin. The bin is separated into sections for plastics, paper/cardboard, and metals. Please do not bring non-recyclable garbage to the drop-off bin.
So there we have it. A free option to recycle here in Provo. It looks like I just needed to look into it and now I have found out how to do recycling. Now all I have to do is figure out how to sort the recycling from the regular trash and take it to the drop off location…
Eva Campbell says
Recycling is very very important in order to preserve mother earth.*-,
Robert Ahmed says
we should always think about recycling our waste products to help the environment.;,’
Anxiety Depression says
recycling is very necessary so that we could reduce the waste that we dump on our environment~~;
UV Paint says
recycling should always be implemented to avoid to much pollution in the environment -..