Shortly, there may be a rapping at your door and until you’ve corrected last night’s transgression, don’t answer it. You awoke with a pounding headache, stumbled to the medicine cabinet, downed the last pain pill and, in a drowsy stupor, tossed the empty bottle into the wastebasket.
Such a pity, because today is November 15, America Recycles Day and the garbage police are anxious to cite your lack of waste-management skills. Sanitation engineers are very picky about the disposition of waste. That’s a good thing, it shows they care about the environment.
The process is simple. Just sort your trash into bags and bins. Paper in one, plastic in another, and so on and so on. Before relegating anything to the bins, take a minute to decide whether it would be of use to someone else.
Old pillows can be stuffed inside your dog’s bed cushion. Instead of throwing magazines away, take them to an office reception room. Those old plastic containers can be decorated and used for storing supplies.
Celebrate America Recycles Day by organizing a cleanup and exchanging recyclables for reuse. The kids will enjoy gloving-up and sorting items in color-coded bins. You can begin right now by fetching that plastic pill bottle from the bathroom wastebasket.