Pay As You Throw
I am a ho-hum recycler and need some inspiration. Ideas?
How is saving green by being green for inspiration? Many municipalities, both large and small, are initiating a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program, just charging residents a fee for each bag or can of waste they generate. You just pay for what you use. Some communities are begging to be able to bill residents on the weight of their trash instead. The more you recycle and compost, the less you spend on your garbage.
Here is my idea for you (and I am inspired by it, too): Why not save money, recycle more, and join the PAYT trend that is changing landfills? The United States is responsible for one-third of the world’s garbage, and PAYT is a plan that is resulting in reducing that embarrassing number. You can recycle 75 to 90 percent of your waste, and you can also compost and find specific drop off centers (for electronics, for example) for much of the rest.
What do you bet that we’ll watch what you purchase when you know you have to throw away packaging? Clamshell “wrap rage” may just reach a new level.
Here’s another inspiration, however, that I found in the book by David Bach, Go Green, Live Rich, and that is that the aluminum cans we throw away each year use up the equivalent of 16 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel a million cars for a year.