By Brooke Vega
Recycling is something that everybody on this earth can contribute to. I believe strongly in trying to make the earth just a little bit greener everyday, and we can all easily do it. There’s so much reusable plastic, glass, paper, cans and food that go unrecycled and eventually end up hurting the environment even more. With some people in the United States thinking climate change doesn’t exist, it’s time to come together as a whole and save the environment.
Here are some facts I found about recycling on Recycle Across America’s website. Two and a half million plastic bottles are thrown away by Americans every hour. A 12-foot-high wall from Seattle to New York could be built each year from all the office paper thrown away. Glass can be reused and will never wear out. The energy from recycling a single aluminum can could power a TV for three hours.
An easy way to get recycling started in your household is to purchase a small trashcan specifically for reusable items. This makes it literally effortless to put these items aside and let the pile grow. More companies, workplaces and schools have recycle bins easily available for people to use. Around Texas State’s campus, there are tons of bins for students to drop off their reusable items.
Some student apartment complexes may or may not have a recycle garbage for residents. My complex doesn’t have one, so I would take my recycling to a complex down the road that does. After I had been taking my items there for a while, an employee informed me that most of the items in the recycle bins usually get thrown in the trash because it isn’t picked up regularly. This frustrated me knowing that my stash full of great recycle items was just getting put in the garbage.
After doing some research, I found a better recycling center right here in San Marcos. Green Guy Recycling is off Highway 80, right by Tractor Supply and Goodwill. Recyclers can drop off their household items at any time, since the facility is available 24/7. They take anything from the regular recycle items, tires, electronics, ink cartridges and more. The facility even has specific bins for different colored glass bottles. Check out more about Green Guy Recycling here.
Here’s a playlist to boogie to while getting your recycle on.
Featured image by Brooke Vega.