...or trash burn'n day.
It's been three & a half months since our local trash company went out of business. There was another trash service that hauls the trash out of the county to another dump site, but their price was twice what we were paying and we were limited to how many bags we could dispose of.
So I decided to finally implement a mandatory recycling plan here at Krazo Acres. And things have been going pretty well. I've been to the recycling center twice now, both times with my 55-gallon bag of plastics. I can't believe how much plastic is thrown away! And there were still other plastic items that had to be separated that didn't go to the recycling center, namely plastic bags. But the local Wal-Mart has a bin at the front of the store for plastic bags so I've been saving bags and will take them there next time I go by (hope they don't notice the non-Walmart bags in there!!). Then there's still the plastic wrapping from items. Like every stinking item you purchase. It's amazing. So those little scraps of plastic get thrown into our household trash, to be burned at a later date.
Well, that later date turned out to be last night. I finally picked up a metal burn barrel about a month ago and Paul "ventilated" it for me this weekend so we hauled our burnable trash out to the back-40 for some good ol' hillbilly barbecuing! (Don't worry, I'm joking about the actual BBQ)
Since there was quite a bit of plastic bits & pieces in the trash, it wasn't like it was something you'd want to get all close and snuggly by while roasting marshmallows. At one time I was totally against burning anything plastic, but then decided that it can't be any worse than having it buried for centuries in a local landfill, eventually leaching nasties into our ground and drinking water. That's exactly why our previous waste company went out of business; land surrounding the actual landfill was being tested positive for contaminants leaching out of the supposedly sealed fill site. Nice, hugh?
As for the plastics? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. But I figured at least I'm a little bit ahead as we're now recycling everything we possibly can. Anything edible goes to the the cats/dogs/chickens/goats, anything organic but not edible goes into the compost heap, paper/cardboard gets burned or composted, plastic/glass/metal goes to the recycling center in town.
Are YOU recycling? If not, why not? :)