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I just moved to a new apartment and there is not recycling here on the premises. The only place that I know of to recycle is the local dump/recycling center and they now CHARGE a $100/year permit to use the facilities. How ridiculous is that? I live in the deep south in a pretty backward town, lol. The other recycling (small drop in units) on the base where dh works just lost its funding last month so they are closed. I have not found any other place in town to recycle. This problem is well known in the community and has been written about in the newspaper, etc. So, of course I will continue to locate a place to recycle, but in the meantime....(and no I'm not paying the permit fee, we may be leaving any time now, we're military)..I need some ideas to reduce trash.<br><br>
Here are some of my ideas so far.<br><br>
-Continue to use my reuseable shopping bags.<br><br>
-Buy concentrated orange juice instead of jugs of OJ<br><br>
-Buy some reuseable produce bags<br><br>
-shop more at the farmers market where nothing comes in packaging<br><br>
-buy less packaged food in general, I"m going to attempt to locate bulk nuts and other foods at the ONE health food store we have in town <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
-use my garbage disposal more often for kitchen waste<br><br>
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How much service is covered in the $100 fee, any chance it's enough bins per week to share out the cost?<br><br>
Are there any gardeners in your neighborhood who would take kitchen scraps (preferably someone with a compost bin you could just dump things in without having to actually meet up with them each time)? I know when I had a home and garden I would've been thrilled to have you offer.<br><br>
Even at regular stores buying in bulk reduces disposable packaging.<br><br>
Check with your schools, sometimes they need stuff for craft projects.<br><br>
Do you use enough aluminum to sell for scrap to make the money to pay to recycle the rest?(Okay, I'm being silly)
 

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-use my garbage disposal more often for kitchen waste<br><br>
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You could start a compost bin in a rubbermaid container and keep it in the house even.<br><br><a href="http://ecolocalizer.com/2009/02/10/composting-for-house-and-apartment-dwellers-alike/" target="_blank">http://ecolocalizer.com/2009/02/10/c...wellers-alike/</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How much service is covered in the $100 fee, any chance it's enough bins per week to share out the cost?<br><br>
Are there any gardeners in your neighborhood who would take kitchen scraps (preferably someone with a compost bin you could just dump things in without having to actually meet up with them each time)? I know when I had a home and garden I would've been thrilled to have you offer.<br><br>
Even at regular stores buying in bulk reduces disposable packaging.<br><br>
Check with your schools, sometimes they need stuff for craft projects.<br><br>
Do you use enough aluminum to sell for scrap to make the money to pay to recycle the rest?(Okay, I'm being silly)</div>
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The permit is for your vehicle to be able to get into the dump area.<br><br>
I've actually been reusing quite of bit of garbage lately. Mostly craft stuff for dd, or saving the glass jars for my homemade dressings or other things I make.<br><br>
I am looking at buying more in bulk. I found another farmers market to shop at which is awesome!!!!<br><br>
No we dont use enough aluminum for that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I was able to talk to the county and they are "working on it". So things are going ok.
 

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Any chance you could get a group together & all chip in, and then someone (preferrably someone with a truck!) takes everyone's recycling in once or twice a month? So you only have to pay for one vehicle but lots of people could put their recycling in it.<br><br>
Also have you looked into recycling centers that pay YOU? I know they exist but that's all I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Sounds like you have a lot of good ideas, buy in bulk, compost, etc. and also maybe find creative ways to reuse things you'd normally recycle? We have made toys for DS out of OJ jugs & coffee cans; I've reused the return envelopes in my junk mail for my personal correspondence; you can also reuse paper scraps for coloring & notes, or use it for paper mache (however you spell that) or pet bedding or homemade paper.
 

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Well, I called the county and said that our apartment complex didn't have recycling and after talking w/multiple people they said they would see what they could do. That was last week, and this week we all received notices from management that our apartment complex is now offering recycling services!!!!! Woo hoo!!
 

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Hey that's awesome!! I'm amazed sometimes at how something like a phone call can change things for EVERYONE, great job mama!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Nice job!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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wow GREAT for you, but no fair! I messaged you, i think i live about 30 mins from you lol. Our county has NO recycling, PERIOD. Our farmers market has a "recycling" bin for cardboard that never gets dumped...so it is all rotting lol. I have made multiple calls to the city abt it and they said there is no interest in recycling programs...just SAD. I had a discussion with my mom about recycling and she flat out thinks it is stupid. She told me it wont effect her in her lifetime so why bother...ugh. And that is the mentality for our WHOLE town...
 
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