...cause it humors my O.C.D. tendencies, just a little bit.
Seattle recycles. Yes they do, there is a place to compartmentalize everything and for someone like me, that's just cool. Outside our Seattle rental I found special colored bins each marked, here, take a look...
this blue container is for all plastics, glass and other recyclables (ie.) cereal boxes, soup cans, newspaper, non styrofoam food containers, etc.)
a green container for your food and yard waste...all goods great for compost.
and lastly your trash can, for everything else...that ruins the world...(one diaper at a time)
a little quiz-a-roo...do you know your facts?
I got a couple wrong (I didn't know you couldn't recycle all plastic bottle caps and lids?!) learn something new everyday.
Everyone, well not everyone, but more than not use their own reusable/canvas grocery bags here in Seattle. (thank you Amy- I fit right in with my custom sewn grocery bag!) The past couple of days I've been doing a little online research to educate myself on the do's and don't of Seattle's recycling system and I stumbled on an article that shared the; Plastic Bag Tax Proposal, a proposal pitched to the Seattle City Council in August of 09'. It read;
The Seattle City Council passed Ordinance No. 122752 concerning imposing a 20-cent fee on disposable shopping bags. A sufficient number of voters signed a petition to refer the ordinance to a public vote.
This ordinance would require grocery, drug and convenience stores to collect the fee for every disposable shopping bag provided to customers. Stores with annual gross sales of under $1,000,000 could keep all of the fees they collected, to cover their costs. Other stores could keep 25% of the fees they collected, and would send the remainder to the City to support garbage reduction and recycling programs. The stores would get a business-tax deduction for the fees they collected. This ordinance would amend the Seattle Municipal Code to require grocery, drug and convenience stores to charge their customers a 20-cent fee for every disposable shopping bag that they provided. The stated purpose of the fee is to regulate the generation of waste from disposable shopping bags by creating an economic incentive for customers to use reusable shopping bags.
Ha.That'll get you thinking! Just how much are YOU contributing to the landfills, O.k. now think of the rest of the world and do the math. I think the bag tax is a marvelous idea, too bad the bill was not passed by lawmakers. (It never passed in Colorado either- and it was only a 7 cent per bag tax) For further reading about the proposal, or to see what you're state thinks, click here.
I also learned using paper bags isn't being "green" either. Paper bags release toxic chemicals while trying to decompose, hurting both our soil and water. Really, neither plastic or paper bags decompose in landfills because of the lack of water, light and oxygen.
The solution? Canvas and cloth bags. While on the increase, studies show that less than one percent of Americans currently bring cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store. Become a trend setter and start showing your care of the environment by carrying your own canvas bag.
Do it...do it!
to read more about Plastic vs. Paper click here