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What is compost & recycling procrastination?  Well, it’s what I call it when you’re rushing around chasing kids, doing laundry and trying to prepare a meal (all at once, of course) and you recognize items that could go into your compost or recycle bin but you just don’t feel like running outside 20 times a day or just plain can’t, so you tell yourself you’ll do it next time and these valuable compostables and recyclables end up in your trash.

Things like coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and eggshells are some examples of things you might toss into the trash on a daily basis.  I have found that if I have a single container (a plastic tupperware container, a glass bowl, etc) on the counter and toss things into it all day long to be taken out to the compost bin at the end of the day, I am much more likely to do it.  It also makes you feel good as the day progresses and you see your container filling up!  Well, either that or it will gross you out.   In that case, put a lid on it.  🙂

Started out with a few shavings of lettuce and carrot...

Later added coffee grounds and chopped banana peel. It adds up!

The same principle works for recycling.  I am not one of those lucky folks who has built-in recycling bins in their kitchen that slide out of the wall or counter, so I have a small plastic bin in my kitchen for recyclables and as the day progresses, things get tossed in there constantly.  I am much more likely to get others in the house to toss items into the readily-accessible bin than asking them each and every time they have something recyclable, to run outside and place it in the appropriate bin.  Good night, the way kids leave doors open every critter in the house would be running the neighborhood if I asked them to do that!

The same thing can be done in the bathroom.  Ever notice empty shampoo and conditioner bottles, contact lens cleaner bottles, hairspray bottles and those little plastic packages your contact lenses come in piling up in the trash in the corner of your bathroom?  Put a recycling bin of some sort in the bathroom, too.  You’d be surprised how much gets tossed into the trash from bathrooms simply because someone doesn’t feel like taking that walk to the outside recycling bins.

Make it a teaching point.  Show your family members how much collects in the bins after just one day.  Tell them how much composting enriches the soil and helps the things in your garden grow and how much they are helping the environment by not throwing these things into the trash where they accumulate in landfills.   You’ll feel good, they’ll feel good, the earth will be a better place.  Yay you!  🙂

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