April 03, 2013
What’s in a color? What does it mean? To you? To me? To Tim 50 miles east? How about to Kyle 1,000 miles West?
We don’t go red or orange; we don’t get yellow or sky blue. But, we can go green. It’s interesting that green seems to be a destination, a place we can go.
Can we really get there? I don’t know about that, but I don’t think it’s a place. And, in fact, I don’t think it’s a specific time, either. Green is an ongoing thing. It’s the little things; it’s the big things—recycling an aluminum V8 can after breakfast, breaking down cardboard boxes to be put into recycle bins, walking through a nature sanctuary and picking up trash found along the way—leaving the earth cleaner than when we came to it.
I can’t say I haven’t had my weak moments where the trash can is close while the recycle bin is just around the corner, and still I chose the trash can. I can say, though, that I have gotten better over the years. Practice makes perfect, right?
The more I recycle, the better I get about continuing to recycle. The hardest part about getting into recycling is dealing with the items and containers that my recycling centers do not accept. Finding one center that takes the multitudes of various items we can recycle can be almost impossible, it seems. I’ve had the problem; I want to recycle old clothing but have to travel twice the distance to get from the place that recycles glass to the clothing recycle center. But there is something really cool brewing in the Northland this April.
The 2013 Northland Recycling Extravaganza accepts a lot of materials that my normal recycling center cannot take—like oil and antifreeze, electronics (but there is a fee for TV’s), car & NI-Cad batteries, mattresses, sunglasses & glasses, and a whole lot more!
They also take normal things like household items, paper for shredding, as well as donations for the homeless such as travel size soap/conditioner/lotion/etc. and gently used old clothing.
Whether you’ve been into the green movement for long or just looking to dabble your feet in the waters, this may be the place to get started. It consolidates the potential of many recycling centers into one.
My Dojo sensei always says, "Cody, do one good thing a day, at least!" Earth Day is only two days after this event, so my first of hopefully many good things to be done this month will be recycling something I would have otherwise thrown away. And maybe you will, too.