It’s hard to believe it’s been over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog. I’ve been a little sidetracked. First I was finishing up my taxes. Then I was sewing some baby things to take with me on my visit to see my newborn granddaughter. Pictures don’t do her justice. I know I’m bias but that’s how grandma’s are suppose to act!
Anyway, it’s time to get back to work. Today is Earth Day which is a reminder each year that we need to take care of the earth for future generations (my granddaughter). We do this by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
I know some cities/towns may have celebrated this past weekend but some will be celebrating this coming weekend. I know my city is on Saturday. That means a huge opportunity for me to recycle some things.
For example: I use grow lights for small houseplants and to plant seeds and cuttings each year. It’s been a few years since I did any recycling so these fluorescent light bulbs have accumulated in my basement. There are also a few bulbs from lamps around the house. These should not go in regular trash because they are considered hazardous waste. They will be properly recycled this weekend.
They are also accepting old electronics on the Earth Day recycling celebration. That means I can take the old computer and laptops that are sitting in my basement. My son removed the hard-drives when he was in town last Thanksgiving. I don’t have to worry about any sensitive info getting in the wrong hands.
And last, I have the opportunity to have 5 bags or boxes of papers shredded for free. I already have 2 bags full from going through my current file drawers. This week I will go through my archive file drawers to fill 3 more bags. That should clear out a lot of old papers I don’t need to keep. These include old bank and financial statements, old earnings statements, and even some old, old medical statements. I use to keep everything! Now many of the new statements are kept digitally.
Although Earth Day only comes around once a year we need to live it every day of the year. Learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle will not only help the earth it will help us control our own household clutter. Now that’s a real positive reason to live it everyday!
To a lighter load along the way.
P.S. A lot of places are recycling on a year round basis. I will be researching these and let you know about them in future posts. I know my local Best Buy takes electronics and cords. If you know of other stores that take recyclable items year round please let me know.